Academic Detailing- Antibiotics Why and Why Not?

Jennifer Fleming, PhC


Jennifer Fleming is a Drug Evaluation Pharmacist with the NSHA Drug Evaluation Unit (DEU).  Pharmacists in the DEU specialize in the critical appraisal of medical literature, and assessing the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of medications to support Atlantic Provincial Drug Plan formulary decisions and the Dalhousie Academic Detailing Program. 

Prior to working in the DEU, Jennifer worked in various clinical hospital pharmacy positions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

When not at work, Jennifer enjoys family time and playing Ultimate Frisbee.


When used appropriately, antibiotics save lives.  However, they are a limited resource and antimicrobial resistance is on the rise.  In 2016, ~ 92% of antibiotic doses in Canada were dispensed in the community setting, highlighting the importance of responsible antibiotic use and stewardship strategies in this population.  This program will review the concepts presented in the Dalhousie Academic Detailing Program, “Antibiotics Why and Why Not,” with a focus on minimizing collateral damage from antibiotic use and misuse and optimizing patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of antimicrobial stewardship in slowing the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and minimizing collateral damage.
  • Locate and use local tools and resources to support the responsible use of antibiotics.
  • Discuss pearls of management for common community acquired infections.