Patients at Risk Due to Antibiotic Shortage

The Guardian, has reported that there is an international shortage of piperacillin-tazobactam (Tazocin), an antibiotic and antibacterial combination drug usually used intravenously in intensive care.

Both the Department of Health and Public Health England have released guidance on the issue and hospitals in Scotland have been provided with advice from the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG).

The Guardian reports that the shortage has resulted in some doctors having to use an antibiotic known as meropenem, part of a group of antibiotics known as carbapenems. However, antibiotic resistance to carbapenems is a growing problem, and doctors are already advised to limit their use.

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Published on 3. July 2017 in News UK