Journal article

Antimicrobial labelling in Australia: a threat to antimicrobial stewardship?

LY Hardefeldt, JR Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, MA Stevenson, K Thursky, GF Browning, KE Bailey

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance is a public health emergency, placing veterinary antimicrobial use under growing scrutiny. Antimicrobial stewardship, through appropriate use of antimicrobials, is a response to this threat. The need for antimicrobial stewardship in Australian veterinary practices has had limited investigation. A 2016 survey undertaken to investigate antimicrobial usage patterns by Australian veterinarians found that antimicrobial dose rates were varied and often inappropriate. Doses of procaine penicillin in horses and cattle were often low, with 68% and 90% of respondents, respectively, reporting doses that were unlikely to result in plasma concentrations above minimum inhibitory c..

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