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Antibiotic Wisely

Every year, over 25 million antibiotic prescriptions are written for human consumption in Canada, 30-50% of which are estimated to be unnecessary.

The overuse of antibiotics is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance and is threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, which has been expedited by the overuse of antibiotics. A growing list of infections – such as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and bacteria that cause pneumonia and urinary tract infections – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

One of the ways that we can help fight antibiotic resistance is to use antibiotics more wisely. 

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Choosing Wisely Recommendations for Prescribers

NB Antimicrobial Treatment Guidelines for Common Infections 

Horizon Health Network: http://www.horizonnb.ca/Antimicrobial

Vitalité Health Network: http://www.vitalitenb.ca/en/doctors

Patient Pamphlets

Treating Sinusitis: Don’t rush to antibiotics

Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People: When you need them and when you don’t