A third less antibiotics prescribed in Belgium
5 December 2005, BRUSSELS — The amount of antibiotics prescribed by Belgian doctors fell by a third between 1999 and 2004.
5 December 2005
BRUSSELS — The amount of antibiotics prescribed by Belgian doctors fell by a third between 1999 and 2004.
The decline resulted in stabilising or a slight fall in the resistance of bacteria to existing antibiotic treatments.
Health insurers have also been able to save EUR 46 million in recent years, while patients saved EUR 10 million, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Monday.
The findings were revealed by the Belgian Commission for the Co-ordination of the Antibiotics Policy.
The commission said the spectacular fall in the use of antibiotics in Belgium was the largest in Europe.
The decline was attributed to information campaigns that had urged in the past four years to avoid taking antibiotics where possible.
Social Affairs Minister Rudy Demotte was to launch the 5th campaign on Monday.
It will warn the public that antibiotics do not help cure a cold, acute bronchitis or the flu.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news