Guideline

SASOCP position statement on the pharmacist’s role in antibiotic stewardship 2018

N. Schellack, E. Bronkhorst, R. Coetzee, B. Godman, A. G. S. Gous, S. Kolman, Q. Labuschagne, L. Malan, A. P. Messina, C. Naested, G. Schellack, P. Skosana, A. Van Jaarsveld
Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases | Vol 33, No 1 | a24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajid.v33i1.24 | © 2019 N. Schellack, E. Bronkhorst, R. Coetzee, B. Godman, A. G. S. Gous, S. Kolman, Q. Labuschagne, L. Malan, A. P. Messina, C. Naested, G. Schellack, P. Skosana, A. Van Jaarsveld | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 May 2019 | Published: 31 March 2018

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N. Schellack, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
E. Bronkhorst, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
R. Coetzee, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
B. Godman, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom; Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
A. G. S. Gous, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
S. Kolman, Clinical Pharmacist Nelson Mandela Children Hospital, South Africa
Q. Labuschagne, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
L. Malan, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
A. P. Messina, Department of Pharmacy, Netcare Hospitals Ltd., Johannesburg, South Africa; School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
C. Naested, Netcare Greenacres Hospital, South Africa
G. Schellack, Pharmaceutical Industry, South Africa
P. Skosana, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
A. Van Jaarsveld, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Mediclinic Southern Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed medicines in global healthcare practice today. Their effectiveness is crucial and often life-saving in humanity’s battle against pathogens and infectious diseases. Antibiotic/antimicrobial stewardship strategies and programmes have become vital to the preservation of effective antibiotics and the optimisation of their use. The South African Society of Clinical Pharmacy (SASOCP) has written this guideline to outline the importance, role and purpose of pharmacists in such stewardship programmes, both in the public, as well as the private hospital sectors in South Africa. It also provides an overview of various approaches to antibiotic preservation, behavioural change, stewardship measures, and monitoring strategies.

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