Monday, May 11, 2009

Pharmacists warn on abuse of antibiotics

From IPP Media:
Local and international pharmacists have expressed fears over the abuse of antibiotics, saying if the trend would continue at the present rate, curable infectious diseases, would be sending majority of the people to the grave early.

``In Tanzania the predicament of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is alarming,`` said Zaina Msami, a renowned pharmacist at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) project-Mission for Essential Medical Supplies (MEMS).

Addressing a press conference in Arusha yesterday, Msami said some of the causes of AMR were incorrect dispensing, failure to adhere to rules of antibiotics taking and misuse of the drugs in animal feeds such as chicken and pork to speed up their growth.

``You can`t imagine, nearly two thirds of people take antibiotics without medical doctors prescription or check up,`` she explained.

In northern Tanzania, for instance, the study has shown that 81.3 per cent of malaria patients had SP resistance, she said, adding that Ampicillin was defiant to treatment of urinary tract infections in 17.4 per cent of pregnant women. ...more

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