Antibiotic use in the United Kingdom (UK)

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Statista dossier on antibiotic use in the United Kingdom

This dossier provides an overview of antibiotic use in the United Kingdom (UK). Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections in humans and animals. They have been fundamental in halting the spread of disease and eradicating infection. However, resistance to antibiotics is becoming a significant threat, meaning more bacteria are becoming resistant and therefore they cannot be used as effectively to treat infections. This dossier includes statistics on the use of antibiotics and the prescribing of antibiotics in health care.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Source for trustworthy information on antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Antibiotics prescribed in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017, by antibiotic group

    • Amount of antibiotics prescribed in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013 and 2017

    • Pharmaceutical prescription items dispensed in England 2006-2018

    • England: pharmaceutical prescription items dispensed per month per pharmacy 2006-2018

    • Share of population prescribed antibiotics in Scotland in 2017

    • Scotland: distribution of population prescribed an antibiotic 2017, by age and gender

  • 2. Antiobiotic consumption
    • Antibacterials for systemic use: consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017

    • Antibiotics for systemic use: consumption in the community in the UK 2010-2017

    • Total antibiotic consumption in England in 2017, by group

    • Total consumption of penicillin in England 2013-2017

    • Antibiotic consumption in England in 2017, by prescriber

    • Leading ten antibacterial drugs dispensed in England 2018, by item

    • Scotland: primary care consumption of antibiotics 2008-2017

    • Scotland: total consumption of antibiotics from 2013-2017

    • Scotland: primary care consumption of antibiotics from 2013-2017, by source

  • 3. Antibiotic use
    • Oral antibiotic use in the last 12 months in the United Kingdom in 2018

    • How respondents obtained antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Respondents knowledge of antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

    • Opinion: length of time you should take antibiotics in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Information received not to take antibiotics unnecessarily in the United kingdom 2018

    • Source of information on not taking antibiotics unnecessarily in the UK 2018

    • Antibiotics: further information on related topics in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

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