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MoH action on antibiotics’ misuse
November 19, 2017
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DUBAI: The Ministry of Health and Prevention is planning to issue a new health legislation to end the dangerous consequences of the random intake of antibiotics. This was revealed by Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licenses, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Drug Alerting in the UAE.

The indiscriminate use of antibiotics leads to epidemics, unless intervention and radical solutions are found. Thus, the World Health Organization allocates the period from 16 to 22 November each year to raise the world’s awareness on antibiotics, Al Amiri said.

“I would like to point out that the new Federal Law on the Regulation of the Profession of Pharmacy is extensively addressing the issue of medicines, which must be disposed only by prescription.” he said.

Al Amiri reiterated the keenness of the Ministry on the importance of rationalising the use of antibiotics and avoiding the risks of misuse. As this may increase the ability of the bacteria to resist antibiotics, leading to loss of effectiveness. He warned strongly against taking antibiotics without consulting a doctor, and not to dispose them without a prescription.

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