THE RPS has launched a new video describing the role of the pharmacist and pharmaceutical scientists in the fight against antimicrobial resistance through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).
Antimicrobial stewardship is the appropriate use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics. The aim of AMS is to reduce the development of antimicrobial resistance, and ensure that antibiotics continue to be an effective treatment against infections.
What can pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists do?
All pharmacists, regardless of setting, have AMS obligations and with over 1.6 million visits each day, community pharmacy teams have a key role in contributing to this target by educating patients and the public on the appropriate, and more importantly inappropriate, use of antimicrobials.
Pharmaceutical scientists have the important role of currently developing novel compounds to treat difficult bacterial infections.
The video describes how pharmacists in a range of settings are now actively contributing to the fight against antimicrobial resistance.