Improving Outpatient Antibiotic Use: The Role of Pharmacists

Improving Outpatient Antibiotic Use: The Role of Pharmacists


Antibiotic resistance is a major public health problem, and all patients — regardless of if they’re healthy or have multiple chronic conditions — are at risk for developing resistant bacterial infections. Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is important to me because I have had multiple patients with resistant
infections — and these are healthy patients. I’ve also had patients with antibiotic-associated adverse drug reactions — and serious ones, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and development of Clostridium difficile. Every time a pharmacist recommends an over-the-counter medication and counsels a patient on appropriateness of antibiotic use, that helps us reach our
target. We are all responsible for the appropriate use of these lifesaving medications. We should all be antimicrobial stewards.

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