AMR kills 1.27million people every year globally and overprescription is a major issue.
Official UK data out this week shows the number of superbug infections in England is rising, with around 54,000 cases in 2021, up 2.2 per cent from 2020, and equivalent to 148 severe antibiotic resistant infections a day last year.
The Government has now launched a consultation to determine how to focus the UK’s efforts on AMR over the next five years.
Clinical trial launched
The University of Bristol has this week launched a clinical trial called ‘Rapid-Test’ to try and find a viable test that can give a result in less than an hour.
Professor Alastair Hay, a GP and chief investigator of the project at the University of Bristol, said cost, accuracy, and precision are key aspects of the study.
“We will consider all of these factors in this trial, and will also look at whether the use of rapid point-of-care tests helps patients feel better quicker,” he said.
“If the tests are shown to be effective in reducing antibiotic prescribing, we will do further research on their cost-effectiveness.”