ASHP therapeutic position statement on strategies for identifying and preventing pneumococcal resistance.

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ASHP therapeutic position statement on strategies for identifying and preventing pneumococcal resistance.

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2014 Mar 1;71(5):417-24

Authors: Couch KA, Geide T

Abstract
The incidence of MDRSP continues to increase, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Health care providers should seize the opportunity to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials and vaccinate patients with the pneumococcal vaccines as a means to lessen this significant health problem. Pharmacists are poised to play a key role in patient care by assessing for the need and administering vaccines in compliance with the current guidelines. A pharmacist should have a key role on the antimicrobial stewardship team.

PMID: 24534597 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]