Antibiotic resistance remains a complex global public health issue. Photo: iStock

Public Health England (PHE) will launch its antibiotic resistance campaign next month to support the government’s efforts to reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign, which was launched in 2017, is returning on November 5 to create public awareness about the antibiotic resistance risks.

It aims to support pharmacists and other healthcare professionals by explaining the risks of antibiotic resistance to the public.

Antibiotic resistance remains a complex global public health issue and could result in an estimated 10 million deaths globally by 2050.

PHE pointed to research that revealed one in three patients in hospitals in England are on an antibiotic at any time.

One in three individuals takes at least one course of antibiotics each year.

PHE will distribute leaflets and posters, including the Target Treat your Infection Pad to pharmacists and GP surgeries. Other resources for the campaign are available at the PHE’s campaign resource centre.

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