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Pharmacists fight back against antibiotic resistance

RPS Antibiotic Expert Mark Gilchrist said: “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious threats facing public health today.

RPS Antibiotic Expert Mark Gilchrist said: “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious threats facing public health today.

“The number of new antibiotics is at an all-time low; at the same time infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising. Pharmacists are working with other health disciplines to combat the global threat of antibiotic resistance and preserve existing stocks of them by ensuring their appropriate use as well as increasing the public’s understanding.
“Pharmacists know that antibiotics don’t work for common viral illnesses such as colds and coughs, and they won’t make you feel better any sooner. As winter approaches pharmacists are perfectly placed to advise on common ailments you or family members may need help with. Make the pharmacist your first point of call if you have a cough or a cold to make sure you treat yourself better without antibiotics”.


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