A recently published research study led by Boots has highlighted the useful impact community pharmacists can have when advising on the appropriate use of antibiotics in care homes.
The aim of the study was to identify and quantify antibiotic prescribing in elderly residents in UK long-term-care facilities (LTCFs). This was part of a wider programme of work to understand opportunities for pharmacy teams in the community to support residents and carers.
Data was gathered by Boots pharmacists as they carried out their duties.
The study found that half of LTCF residents were prescribed at least one antibiotic over the 12 month period, suggesting that there is an opportunity to optimize antibiotic use in this vulnerable population to minimize the risk of AMR and treatment failure. The study concluded that pharmacy teams are well placed to support prudent antibiotic prescribing and improved antimicrobial stewardship in this population.
Marc Donovan, Chief Pharmacist at Boots UK, commented:
“This research highlights that there is a real opportunity for community pharmacy to play an even greater role in supporting the safe and effective use of medicines, and continue to support the implementation and delivery of the government’s five-year action plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).”