Infection Control

Antimicrobial drug management program fights to reverse increasing resistance rates

Briefings on Infection Control, May 1, 2008

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All healthcare facilities are concerned about the growing number of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center is addressing its concern by establishing a formal antimicrobial drug management program to help stop problematic trends.

The program uses a team of experts to review antimicrobial therapies prescribed by physicians and offer recommendations or ask physicians to change course when prescriptions conflict with established best practices, says B. Joseph Guglielmo Jr., PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy at the UCSF School of Pharmacy and the creator of the program.

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