SPAIN is one of the highest countries in the world for consuming antibiotics.
According to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), Spain ranks fifth in the world for consumption of the medication.
Despite that, experts warn the country does not have any units specialising in infectious diseases to provide an alternative to antibiotic use. Jose Miguel Cisneros, president of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), said: “In Spain, unlike what happens in the European Union [except Belgium, Luxembourg and Cyprus] and the US, there is no specialisation.”
Juan Pablo Horcajada, head of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, added: “Spain is one of the countries that consumes more antibiotics, among other reasons, there is a lack of medical training because there is no specialty of infectious diseases.”