Campaigns pushing for Australians to stop taking antibiotics unnecessarily are beginning to cut through, as new data reveals the nation’s antibiotic use has fallen for the first time in two decades.

Key points:

  • New report reveals antibiotics are still being overprescribed, despite drop in use
  • Common pathogens are growing increasingly resistant to common antibiotics
  • Experts say inappropriate prescribing needs to be reined in

Those declining rates, however, mask a growing problem.

 

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