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BMJ report on antibiotic courses

Response to British Medical Journal (BMJ) report on antibiotic courses.


New guidance on antibiotic dosing in obesity

Working with the Association of Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists and our colleagues in Healthcare Improvement Scotland, we have updated guidance from UK Medicines Information (UKMI) about how to dose antibiotics in obese patients. 


National consensus on managing shortage of piperacillin tazobactam

Due to a manufacturing issue there is currently a worldwide shortage of piperacillin / tazobactam. 


Webinar aims to reduce antibiotic prescribing

A webinar designed to help reduce antibiotic prescribing is to be held this March.


Families encouraged to become superheroes in battle against superbugs

Families across Scotland are being are asked to make a pledge to become “superheroes” in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The UK-wide Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign, part of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) 2016 asks people to become “Antibiotic Guardians” by agreeing to do one thing to use antibiotics more wisely and safeguard them for future generations. 


New app to help Scottish healthcare staff fight threat of antibiotic resistance.

A groundbreaking new app to help healthcare staff tackle antibiotic resistance has been launched in Scotland.


Antimicrobial resistance and UTIs

SAPG lead Dr Jacqui Sneddon has had an article on antimicrobial resistance and UTIs published in Nursing in Practice. 

Read the article. 


Free educational iBook on antimicrobial stewardship launched

Free educational iBook on antimicrobial stewardship launched.
A free educational workbook developed by SAPG and NHS Education for Scotland to help educate registered nurses and midwives about antimicrobial stewardship has been made available as an iBook.


SAPG meetings and events

Details of forthcoming SAPG meetings and events.


Scots asked to pledge to protect antibiotics

Scots are being asked to pledge their support to help protect antibiotics for future generations.

The pledge is part of this year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) campaign, which takes place on Wednesday 18 November.  The campaign asks both the public and healthcare professionals to make a personal pledge to become an “Antibiotic Guardian”, help reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics and raise awareness that antibiotics should not be used for coughs and colds.