4 Ways Pharmacists Can Fight Antibiotic Resistance

NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
We live in an era where the drugs in our antimicrobial arsenal sometimes have close to no clinical efficacy against the bacteria they’re intended to destroy.
By now, most health care professionals recognize antibiotic resistance, especially now that it’s national Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 16-22, 2015). But the question of how to best manage this phenomenon remains.
Pharmacists can play a critical role in coordinating better strategies to enhance antimicrobial stewardship. Often, they are already working directly with medical and nursing staff to ensure that patients are prescribed the best treatment by advising on drug selection, dose, and administration method.
Nevertheless, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) recently published a report that called for greater pharmacist involvement in antimicrobial stewardship efforts and detailed specific contributions that pharmacists can make.
“Pharmacists can’t just expect others to do it,” said Fred M. Eckel, ScD, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times. “We must make our own contributions if we want to fix this problem.”
Here are some ways pharmacists practicing in all care settings can continue to fight antibiotic resistance: