WHO writes new prescription to prevent misuse of antibiotics
World Health Organization’s (WHO) prescription to combat the growing menace of antibiotics abuse and burgeoning resistance worldwide.
In it’s latest advisory, WHO has suggested the adoption of “access, watch and reserve”, an approach that specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infection, which ones ought to be available which at all times in the health care system, and those that must be used sparingly, or reserved and used only as a last resort.
WHO estimates that more than 50% of antibiotics in many countries are used inappropriately for treatment of viruses, when they only treat bacterial infection’s, or are the wrong choice of antibiotics, thus contributing to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Aim is to increase the proportion of global consumption of antibiotics in the Access group of at least 60% , and to reduce use of the antibiotics most at risk of resistance.
In India , the Health Ministry has made it mandatory to display a 5mm thick red vertical band on the packaging of prescription only drugs to sensitive people to be caution while buying these medicines that are widely sold without prescriptions.
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper