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Patterns of dispensed non-medical prescriber prescriptions for antibiotics in primary care across England: a retrospective analysis

Courtenay, M., Gillespie, D. and Lim, R. (2017) Patterns of dispensed non-medical prescriber prescriptions for antibiotics in primary care across England: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 72 (10). pp. 2915-2920. ISSN 0305-7453

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkx230

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Objective: To describe the patterns of dispensed non-medical prescriber prescriptions for antibiotics in primary care across England between 2011 and 2015. Methods: A retrospective analysis of dispensed antibiotic prescriptions, written by non-medical prescribers and medical prescribers between 2011 and 2015 in primary care in England, obtained from the National Health Service Business Services Authority. Results: Between 2011 and 2015, the numbers of non-medical prescribers (mainly nurses but also pharmacists and small numbers of allied health professionals) in England, who have independent prescribing capability, has risen by over a third to nearly 30,000. Most of these prescribers provide a broad range of services in primary care. The rate of dispensed non-medical prescriber prescriptions for antibiotics over this period has increased, as has the percentage of all primary care antibiotics dispensed that were prescribed by non-medical prescribers, which is currently nearly 8%. The most commonly dispensed NMP antibiotic prescriptions were penicillin, sulfonamides, trimethoprim, macrolides, tetracyclines, and nitrofurantoin. Conclusion: Increasing numbers of non-medical prescribers are working in primary care in England and managing infections. Antibiotics prescribed by this group align with surveillance reports of antibiotic use in primary care. With the numbers of non-medical prescribers being set to rise further, they form an important group to involve in antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:70793
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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