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Study to cut antibiotic use

14th February 2008

Experts have launched a major experiment to try to cut the levels of antibiotic drugs being prescribed by family doctors in Wales.


The team from Cardiff University is seeking to help GPs reappraise their use of antibiotics with the aim of reducing the rate of resistance to the drugs.

The experiment is being held across 66 surgeries and comes as figures show that parts of Wales have some of the highest rates of antibiotic prescribing in Europe.

The Star study – Stemming the Tide of Antibiotic Resistance – is being funded by the Medical Research Council over the next three years.

The NHS has made inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics a priority and the Department of Health has launched a nationwide campaign to remind people that such drugs will not help them fight a cough of cold.

Through the Star project, doctors in half the surgeries now have access to a website which offers online training and then face-to-face interviews with a pharmacist, who goes through their prescribing trends. The remainder will join the scheme this summer.

Professor Chris Butler, who is head of Cardiff University’s primary care and public health department, said there was general concern that antibiotics were being over-prescribed.

In Wales, that is now double of what is being used in Holland, said Professor Butler who is also a practising GP.

He said the study must involve patients.

“They must have clear information from their GP. Patients generally sign up to decisions not to give them antibiotics when they have clear information,? he added.


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