Role of pharmacists in antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

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Role of pharmacists in antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

Int J Clin Pharm. 2018 Sep 22;:

Authors: Garau J, Bassetti M

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health problem of global concern and, unless action is taken, the burden of death could reach 10 million per year by 2050. Resistance has been associated with increasing mortality, treatment failure and healthcare costs. In order to help combat this, antimicrobial stewardship programmes, have been implemented in many countries. These stewardship programmes can help, reduce inappropriate prescription and broad-spectrum use of antimicrobials, improve, clinical outcomes for the population as a whole, slow down the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and conserve healthcare resources. Pharmacists are an integral part of the stewardship team and have an important role in tackling antimicrobial resistance. This article aims to review the role of pharmacists within antimicrobial stewardship programmes and the opportunities for pharmacist-driven antimicrobial stewardship strategies in hospital and community settings.

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