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Why are we using antibiotics as placebos?

Why are we using antibiotics as placebos? Don’t we care about the future efficacy of these valuable medicines?

Dr Mark Thomas, an Infectious Disease Physician at Auckland City Hospital and Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, will discuss antibiotic use in New Zealand and our responsibility to only prescribe them for the right reasons and at the right times.

Dr Thomas will focus on the following topics:

  • There is too much antibiotic use in NZ.
  • Seasonality, coughs and colds and high antibiotic consumption.
  • The dreaded word: resistance!
  • Topical antibiotic use - when to and when not to use them.
  • Treatment of high risk patients, are we doing this right?
  • Our stewardship responsibility and managing patient perception.

Throughout this live online event, you will have the opportunity to type questions to Mark via the onscreen text system. Please note that the webinar may run slightly over time so as many of your questions as possible can be answered.

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