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ASP Scan (Weekly) for Sep 24, 2021

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Sep 24, 2021

Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Nursing home trial ties CRP testing to safe antibiotic reduction Point-of-care testing for C-reactive protein (CRP) in nursing home residents with suspected lower respiratory tract infections resulted in a large reduction in antibiotic prescribing at initial consultation, according to the results of a cluster-randomized trial

WHO adds new recommendation for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody combo

WHO adds new recommendation for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody combo

The World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended another treatment for COVID-19, a monoclonal antibody combination from Regeneron already in use in the United States, though it urged companies and governments to make sure it’s accessible to lower- and middle-income countries. Supply, drug administration challenges The WHO’s conditional recommendation for the monoclonal antibody cocktail, which consists

News Scan for Sep 24, 2021

News Scan for Sep 24, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has decreased, survey says Of 1,061 people who were hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of 2020, 32% were at least partially vaccinated by spring 2021, and 37% said they were likely to be, according to a research letter published today in JAMA Network Open. The researchers surveyed 3,439

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 24, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 24, 2021

Nursing home trial ties CRP testing to safe antibiotic reduction Point-of-care testing for C-reactive protein (CRP) in nursing home residents with suspected lower respiratory tract infections resulted in a large reduction in antibiotic prescribing at initial consultation, according to the results of a cluster-randomized trial published this week in BMJ. The trial, conducted in the

COVID-19 summit nets several more vaccine pledges

COVID-19 summit nets several more vaccine pledges

Alongside a new 500-million COVID-19 vaccine dose pledge yesterday from the United States to help bridge the world’s supply gap for lower-income countries, several other countries announced fresh support, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners said today. The pledges came in response to a mostly virtual global COVID-19 summit, hosted by US leaders

Artemisinin-resistant malaria detected in Uganda

Artemisinin-resistant malaria detected in Uganda

A study today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports evidence of emerging artemisinin-resistant malaria in Uganda, a potentially worrisome development for Africa. Conducted at a hospital in Northern Uganda, where malaria transmission is high, the study found that 5.8% of malaria patients treated with an artemisinin derivative from 2017 through 2019 had evidence