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Rebound in antimicrobial use reported

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released  new technical report ahead of the AURA 2023 release on 16 November.

The report, Analysis of 2015-2022 PBS and RPBS antimicrobial dispensing data, reveals an increase in antimicrobials supplied under the PBS and RPBS last year.

Antimicrobial use increased by nearly 10% from 2021 to 2022 following the dramatic decline of over 25% in the two years prior (2019-2021).

Despite the increase, antimicrobial use remains well below pre-pandemic levels and the Commission sees this as providing an opportunity to sustain improvements in appropriate antimicrobial prescribing.

Read the full report click here.