H.E. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) and Chairman of the National Pharmacovigilance Council, announced that the Ministry intends to issue new health legislations to put an end to the dangerous practice of dispensing antibiotics without medical prescription in the context of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) reports on the prevalence of the threat created by bacterial resistance to antibiotics which is caused by changes that occur in the bacteria and render antibiotics less effective, and this is a current major threat to public health.
H.E. pointed out that global reports have shown that between 50 and 80 percent of germs have developed strong resistance to antibiotics, which leads to the deterioration of the immune system. This, he explained, prolongs the duration of the disease and makes treatment more difficult, consequently increasing the risk for complications that can lead to death. Reports indicate the death of 700,000 people annually worldwide for this reason. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics leads to epidemics unless there are intervention and radical solutions, which has prompted the WHO to allocate the period from November 16 to 22 every year as World Awareness Week on Antibiotics.
H.E. Dr. Al Amiri said that MOHAP, as the body responsible for health legislation in the country, is currently preparing appropriate legislation to prevent misconduct related to the dispensing of antibiotics without a prescription. He pointed out that the new draft of the federal law aims to regulate the pharmaceutical profession addresses in detail the topic of drugs that strictly require prescriptions. He added that this is an important and positive aspect which helps in the prevention of practices that aggravate the phenomenon of drug resistance. Read More Click Here