Restrictions for Antibiotic Use Tightened
The Ministry of Health will be enforcing stricter regulations to curb the widespread overuse of antibiotics in hospitals. This is bought by concerns of an increase in drug resistant diseases. The new ruling will take effect on August 1.
The antibiotics will be classified into three categories, restricted, unrestricted and special management based on safety, effectiveness, price and drug resistance factors. The overuse of antibiotics is common since doctors ten to get kickbacks for every prescription they give out. Doctors also rely on powerful antibiotics to achieve quicker and effective cures to avoid the risks of prolonged treatment or conflicts with their patients. But these types of actions can create drug resistance and increase in drug resistant related illnesses.
Drug resistance is becoming a problem because of the excessive and unnecessary use of antibiotics and it’s creating problems to public health around the world. Diseases that are treated with low level antibiotics will come back and creates trouble since it will already be resistant to the antibiotics.
Under the new ruling doctors and pharmacists will undergo training and will need to pass a test before they will be allowed to prescribe medication. Antibiotics will only be prescribed after the hospital drug affairs committee will approve its use and doctors will be held responsible for its overuse. Doctors caught over prescribing antibiotics three times will be warned and access to prescriptions will be restricted.