Antimicrobial resistance continues to increase despite a drop in the amount of antibiotics prescribed by general practitioners, a UK Government report has found.
The report, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, said that although there is increased public awareness and prescribing has decreased, antimicrobial resistance and the incidence of bloodstream infections have continued to rise.
It also highlighted that the incidence gram-negative bloodstream infections is still rising, meaning that ‘the burden of AMR as measured by the numbers of antibiotic-resistant infections continued to increase’.
The report concluded that there is an ‘ongoing clear need to educate the public about using antibiotics’ and to ‘ensure that doctors always prescribe according to professional guidance’.
Madam Therapeutics believes that this report is a new demonstration of the urgency for development of new classes of antibiotics, such the SAAPs developed by Madam Therapeutics.