Comparing the number of antibiotics they prescribe to other GP surgeries will allow doctors to identify whether or not they are high prescribers and if so, aim to reduce the amount of antibiotics they give to patients.
This will hopefully encourage GPs to use other treatment strategies where possible to treat patients rather than resorting straight to antibiotics.
The researchers are unsure as to what makes these individuals resistant to disease mutations however, unfortunately they are not able to follow them up as the study protocol stated that all data would remain anonymous. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Biotechnology and has highlighted a previously unknown area for future research.
Usually these drugs are prescribed by a GP. However, some are available over the counter. In the US it is thought that as many as 170,000 people are taking proton pump inhibitors.
Over a period of five years of taking the drug there was a 28% increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease and a 96% greater chance of suffering with kidney failure. The study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has highlighted the importance of reducing the prescribing of proton pump inhibitors and ensuring patients are not taking them for long periods of time.