Antibiotic prescribing increases by over 8% in England

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published the latest national surveillance data on antibiotic prescribing and resistance.

The English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) report showed an increase in antibiotic use in all settings
(apart from dental) in 2022.

According to the report, antibiotic prescribing rose by 8.4 per cent in 2022 compared with 2021, although the number remains below 2019 pre-pandemic levels.

“There are many reasons behind the increase in prescribing, one of which is likely related to decreased immunity and exposure to infections during the
COVID-19 pandemic that may have underpinned the increased transmission in co-circulating infections, namely: influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus
(RSV) and group A streptococcus (GAS),” the report stated.