Success in NHS push to reduce avoidable antibiotic prescribing

Overall in 2015, antibiotic prescribing reduced by 5.3% compared to 2014

 

Action to prevent a future health crisis caused by antimicrobial resistance has seen the number of antibiotics prescribed in primary care fall substantially last year.

The progress follows the introduction of financial incentives in April 2015 by NHS England working with Public Health England (PHE). Between April and December 2015, two million fewer prescriptions were dispensed compared to the same period in 2014 – a 7.9% reduction.

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