The Chief Medical Officer has sent out more than 5000 letters to GPs with the highest prescribing rates
Australia’s highest antibiotic-prescribing GPs have been targeted with a letter from Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy, asking them to curb their prescribing, reports Australian Doctor.
Individual letters warning about antibiotic resistance have been sent to the top 30% of antibiotic prescribers based on PBS data, comparing their prescribing with other doctors in the area.
“You prescribe more antibiotics than 97% of prescribers in [your area],” reads one letter seen by Australian Doctor.
“The PBS data has been provided to you as a prompt to consider your prescribing behaviour,” Professor Murphy writes.
The letters are one facet of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy, which aims to speak to doctors about their prescribing patterns, the Department of Health has confirmed.
According to the Strategy, a 2014 survey found nearly 60% of GPs would prescribe antibiotics to meet patient demands or expectations.
“Education is important for all prescribers and dispensers of antimicrobials to ensure they prescribe and dispense appropriately,” says the Strategy document.