Hos­pi­tals cut use of an­tibi­otics

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The use of an­tibi­otics in Chi­nese hos­pi­tals has dropped by 40 per­cent since the top health author­ity be­gan to curb their overuse, said a se­nior ex­pert.

“The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment rec­og­nized the chal­lenges and im­ple­mented mea­sures start­ing in 2012 to tackle that,” said Xiao Yonghong, a pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute of Clin­i­cal Phar­ma­col­ogy at Pek­ing Univer­sity and a mem­ber of the Ra­tio­nal Drug Use Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning — — Com­mis­sion.

A re­cent global re­view by the UK's Lord Jim O'Neill on an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance es­ti­mates that by 2050 an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance could re­sult in 1 mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths an­nu­ally in China. “China could suf­fer an enor­mous loss of GDP be­cause of that,” said O'Neill, who headed the ex­pert re­view team.

China uses around half the world’s an­tibi­otics, of which 48 per­cent are con­sumed by peo­ple.

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