Antibiotic Commonsense, a newsletter targeted to medical practitioners and pharmacists, provides evidenced-based information on the judicious use of antibiotics for selected conditions.

The Newest Issues

Dec. 2017

Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit

The Washington State Department of Health offers a suite of tools and resources to improve use of antibiotics in Washington, including new statewide clinical practice guidelines.

June 2017

Molecular Diagnostic Technologies Improve Patient Care and Antibiotic Stewardship

Information on molecular diagnostic technologies for viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.

Dec. 2016

2015 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Summary

Based on the information provided by the county antibiogram and established treatment guidelines, the Task Force gives the following brief guidance


March 2016

  • Inappropriate Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria (ASB)

August 2016

  • Clostridium difficile Infection and Acid Suppressing Agents


September 2015

  • Antibiotic Prescriptions for Diarrhea in Pierce County

August 2015

  • National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

November-December 2014

  • 2013 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Summary Pierce County, Washington

September-October 2014 

  • Antibiotic Stewardship – Appropriate Antibiotic Selection and Duration (Pt 3)

July-August 2014

  • Antibiotic Stewardship – When to Withhold and When to Stop Antibiotics (Pt 2)

May-June 2014

  • Antibiotic Stewardship – When to Withhold and When to Stop Antibiotics (Pt 1

March-April 2014

  • Antigen Testing Likely Contributes to Increased Reporting of Campylobacteriosis

November 2013

  • Let’s talk about Microbiomes

April 2013

  • Respiratory Tract Infections: Using Procalcitonin to Guide Antibiotic Therapy Decisions

January 2013

  • What’s Happening with MRSA in Pierce County?

November 2012

  • 2011 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Summary

July 2012

  • Clostridium difficile Infection vs. Colonization: Who do I Test?

March 2012

  • Asymptomatic Bacteria or Urinary Tract Infection?

January 2012

  • Treating Patients and their Sexual Partners for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia–An Update

October 2011

  • Clostridium difficile: An Update

August 2011

April 2011

  • NDM-1 Enzyme Produces Carbapenem Resistance

December 2010

  • Latent TB Infection–the role of the primary care provider

August 2010

  • Address Fever Phobia – the appropriate use of antipyretics in children

2009 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Summary

May 2010

  • Lyme Disease Treatment

February 2010

May 2009

  • Treating patients and their sexual partners for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia (outdated treatment recommendations)

February 2009