Pune, 9th September 2022: India is at the top of the countries with excessive consumption of antibiotics, and due to this, there is a possibility that antibiotics will have zero effect on Indians in the future.
The world-famous medical journal ‘Lancet’ has published a research paper in this regard. This situation in India can be very dangerous and if the far-reaching consequences of this are to be avoided, the need to create public awareness about the use of antibiotics has been highlighted.
A survey conducted by Boston University in the US and the Public Health Foundation of India has revealed the findings regarding the consumption of antibiotics by Indians. The Lancet said that most of the antibiotics are sold without a doctor’s prescription (over the counter) and some policies are the main reasons for the indiscriminate use of these antibiotics. Data were collected from 9000 leading distributors in the country to study the consumption of ‘defined daily’ dose type antibiotics. As many as 5,071 million ‘Defined Daily Doses’ were consumed by Indians in the year 2019.
General practitioners often prescribe antibiotics even for pain that can be treated with simple medications. Citizens continue to take those medicines as they please. Demand for antibiotics from patients has increased.
While the risk of antibiotic resistance is increasing globally, India’s highest rate of antibiotic consumption is an alarm bell, highlighting the need for new regulations on the sale of medicines, and creating public awareness against the arbitrary use of antibiotics.