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Fallin antibiotic useshown inreport


A report has revealed that the total use of antibiotic­s in humans in Scotland has fallen by 17.1 per cent in the past five years.

This was one of the key findings made by Antimicrob­ial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI, part of NHS National Services Scotland) in their Scottish One Health Antimicrob­ial Use and Antimicrob­ial Resistance (SONAAR) in 2020 Report.

The reduction in antibiotic use reflects the combined efforts of health profession­als working together with the public to ensure antibiotic­s are only prescribed when necessary. This limits the opportunit­y for infections to develop resistance to treatment.

The report also outlines that while antimicrob­ial resistance in humans is generally stable in Scotland, resistance has increased across some bacteria, while it also found antibiotic use in primary care has decreased by 20.9 per cent since 2016.

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