Bug Wise App – A Valuable Intervention for the Pharmacist to Support Antibiotic Stewardship 

The threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is becoming increasingly common in South Africa and it is estimated that up to 80% of all antibiotic scripts in South Africa are in the community, predominantly for acute respiratory tract infections like sinusitis, bronchitis, and pharyngitis. These infections are mostly of viral origin in which case they shouldn’t be treated with an antibiotic. It is estimated that 60% of these antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate.

The window of opportunity to control Antibiotic Resistance is rapidly closing, hence the urgency to launch interventions that will reduce excessive antibiotic prescribing.

One such intervention is the new BugWise app developed by Pharma Dynamics to support Antibiotic Stewardship programmes. The Bugwise app aims to reduce the emergence of resistant bacteria, caused by inappropriate use of antibiotics, by making relevant and updated information readily available. The BugWise app was conceived and developed by Pharma Dynamics with input from a broad range of medical and IT experts.

The BugWise app can be accessed via both Android and iOS phones, and be downloaded from any app store. Patients can register immediately to access the app, while pharmacists can request a code via the app by providing their healthcare practice or registration number.
Key features of the app include:

  • drug interaction checker;
  • general alerts around updated drug monographs;
  • access to the latest medical and scientific publications and articles related to Antibiotic Resistance;
  • detailed microbe and medication information;
  • antibiotic duplication checker;
  • dosing calculators;
  • and importantly, surveillance data
Use of the Bugwise App is free of charge for pharmacists and patients.

Date: January 18, 2018