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‘Protected’ (alert) antimicrobials are for restricted use only under the authorisation of a Medical Microbiologist, or Infectious Diseases (or other relevant) specialist, and/or according to approved indications within local guidelines/policies.

Their use is restricted for two reasons:

  • to slow the development of resistance to an antimicrobial by limiting its use
  • there are suitable alternatives that are more cost effective or less toxic

For further information on the restrictions in place please refer to the full policy NHS Grampian Staff Guidance For Optimising Use Of Alert (Restricted) Antimicrobials or the Summary Version.