Our aim was to assess national prescribing trends and determine longitudinal resistance patterns for topical antimicrobials in New Zealand. We observed a dramatic increase in fusidic acid (FA) resistance, and clonal expansion of FA-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This increase was concurrent with a significant national increase in topical FA dispensing.
Keywords: MRSA; antimicrobial resistance; antimicrobial use; epidemiology; fusC.
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