In an effort to support physicians in providing the best possible care to patients, CZMSA is partnering with AHS to promote the AHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Bugs & Drugs®.

Antimicrobial stewardship promotes the optimal prescribing of antimicrobials, including the assessment of the need for antimicrobial therapy, as well as the appropriate selection, dosage, route of administration, and duration of therapy to optimize patient outcomes and minimize unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including toxicity, selection of pathogenic organisms (e.g. Clostridium difficile), and emergence of resistance.

One of these is Bugs & Drugs®, an antimicrobial reference that provides evidence-based recommendations for the treatment and prevention of infections tailored to local resistance patterns.  As such, Bugs & Drugs® plays a significant role in the antimicrobial stewardship strategy for AHS, as optimizing antimicrobial prescribing minimizes the negative consequences of antimicrobial use:  resistance, adverse reactions, and collateral damage such as C. difficile infection.  Bugs & Drugs® is supported by Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Do Bugs Need Drugs?® program.  

Bugs & Drugs® is available as an iPhone/iPad app, Android app, and online within AHS at

For more information visit Alberta Health Services’ Antimicrobial Stewardship Program which has several resources available to practitioners to assist in optimizing antimicrobial prescribing.  For specific information about Antimicrobial Stewardship in your zone, email: