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Volume 12, Number 10—October 2006

Research

Antimicrobial Drugs in the Home, United Kingdom

Cliodna A.M. McNulty*Comments to Author , Paul Boyle†, Tom Nichols‡, Douglas P. Clappison§, and Peter Davey¶
Author affiliations: *Health Protection Agency, Gloucester, United Kingdom; †University of Saint Andrews, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom; ‡Health Protection Agency, London, United Kingdom; §Southwold Surgery, Southwold, United Kingdom; ¶University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

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Table 1

Outcomes from household survey of antimicrobial drugs and interviews of an adult member of the household about behavior in relation to these drugs, United Kingdom, 2003*

Data Antibacterial or antifungal drugs, % (95% CI) Antibacterial drugs, % (95% CI) Antifungal drugs, % (95% CI)
Household-based (6,983 households)
Households with drug 18.9 (18.0–19.9) 13.9 (13.1–14.8) 6.9 (6.3–7.6)
Households with current drug 10.6 (9.9–11.4) 7.9 (7.2–8.5) 3.6 (3.2–4.1)
Households with leftover drug 6.2 (5.7–6.8) 4.5 (4.0–5.0) 2.1 (1.8–2.5)
Households with standby drug 3.7 (3.3–4.2) 2.4 (2.1–2.8) 1.5 (1.2–1.8)
Households with leftover or standby drug 9.6 (8.9–10.3) 6.7 (6.1–7.3) 3.5 (3.1–4.0)
Antimicrobial drug–based (506 leftover, 292 standby)
Leftover drug >1 y old 38 (33–44) 32 (27–38) 55 (46–63)
Standby drug >1 y old 31 (26–37) 29 (23–37) 36 (28–46)
Leftover drug is more than half left 48 (43–53) 50 (44–56) 44 (36–53)
Respondent-based (7,120 respondents)
Respondent had a leftover drug that was originally prescribed 3.9 (3.4–4.4)† 2.8 (2.4–3.3) 1.2 (1.0–1.5)
Respondent prescribed a drug in the last year 37.6 (36.4–38.8)
Respondent kept leftover drug from their most recent prescription
5.9 (5.0–7.0)


Respondent kept drug in case of future need 44 (35–52)

*Some prescriptions contained both antibacterial and antifungal drugs and contribute to all 3 columns. CI, confidence interval.
†This outcome is examined in more detail in Table 2.

*Some prescriptions contained both antibacterial and antifungal drugs and contribute to all 3 columns. CI, confidence interval.
†This outcome is examined in more detail in Table 2.

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