Two new antimicrobial drugs - cefiderocol and ceftazidime–avibactam - are close to becoming the first to be made available as part of the UK’s innovative subscription-style payment model after NICE today (Tuesday, 12 April 2022) published draft guidance estimating their value to the NHS.
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Managing common infections summary
We've worked with Public Health England (PHE) to bring together our information on managing infections. New NICE guidance will be added as it's published. We'll also show where new guidance is in development.
Each organisation uses different processes to develop their guidance:
- the interim process guide outlines the process used to develop NICE guidelines
- PHE's process is briefly outlined in their context, references and rationales document with further information available on request.
This is the first time both sets of national guidance have been brought together. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any feedback, This could help us improve future versions.
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From 01 June 2023, the summary will be temporarily hosted on the Antibiotic and diagnostic quick reference tools page of the Royal College of General Practitioners eLearning website.
Why is our guidance and advice needed?
The World Health Organization says 'antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective'.
Resistance to antimicrobials is complex and increasing. There is a growing risk that infections may not be treatable in the future, combined with a lack of new antimicrobial medicines.
The Department of Health and Social Care asked us to develop guidelines to help slow antimicrobial resistance. These guidelines are evidence-based and clinical syndrome specific.
When we as health professionals are discussing treatments for common infections with patients, it is important to talk about the benefits and harms of prescribing antibiotics. This includes the risks of antimicrobial resistance and the threat this poses to public health.Tessa Lewis, GP and Chair of the managing common infections advisory committee
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Examples of how our guidance and standards have been put into practice in the NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector and a range of other organisations.
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When should we prescribe antibiotics?
In this podcast:
- We chat to Dr Tessa Lewis, Chair of the NICE antimicrobial prescribing guidance committee. We also talk to John Morris, a lay expert.
- Diana Ashiru-Oredope from Public Health England explains why antimicrobial resistance is so important and how pharmacists can help.