Antibiotic prescriptions in Spain among highest levels in world

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ANTIBIOTIC OVERLOAD: A total of 33,000 people die annually as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria. Photo: Shutterstock

SPAIN is among the countries with the highest levels of antibiotic prescription in the world, according to experts.

Newly-released data showed Spain consumed almost three times the number of antibiotics of the Netherlands, at 25.1 doses per 1,000 inhabitants compared to 10.1 per 1,000.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned unnecessary prescriptions of the medication could lead to antibiotic resistance, while the European Centre for the Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC), claimed a total of 33,000 people die annually as a result of infections caused by resistant bacteria. The figure stands at 3,000 in Spain alone.




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