WHO un­cov­ers big vari­a­tions in an­tibi­otics con­sump­tion

BioSpectrum (India) - - WHO NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), an­tibi­otics are used far more in some coun­tries than in oth­ers sug­gest­ing that ur­gent ac­tion was needed to slash un­nec­es­sary con­sump­tion of the medicines. The “WHO Re­port on Sur­veil­lance of An­tibi­otic Con­sump­tion” looked at an­tibi­otic use in 65 coun­tries and found the Nether­lands used 9.78 de­fined daily doses (DDD) per 1,000 peo­ple, while Bri­tain used twice as much and Turkey al­most twice as much again, at 38.18 DDD per 1,000 in­hab­i­tants. The sur­vey also looked at which types of an­tibi­otics were be­ing used, and showed some coun­tries - Italy, Spain and Ja­pan were rel­a­tively heavy users of the most pre­cious drugs that the WHO says need to be kept in re­serve. The WHO in­tro­duced a clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem last year, say­ing peni­cillin-type drugs were rec­om­mended as the first line of de­fence, and that other drugs, on the re­serve list, were a last resort and only for use when ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

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