Implications of non-prescription antibiotic sales in China

Aubrey Kalungia, Brian Godman

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Abstract

The Article by Jie Chang and colleagues published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases1 is very timely. It reflects a crucial need for concerted efforts to reduce irrational use of antibiotics to lower rising antimicrobial resistance.2, 3, 4 Overuse has resulted in antibiotics becoming the most commonly used drugs globally.3, 5 Antimicrobial resistance increases morbidity, mortality, and costs because health systems run out of options to treat common infectious diseases.1, 2, 6, 7 Low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), including China, are a particular concern given their increasing overuse of antibiotics8 coupled with a greater effect of antimicrobial resistance than in high-income countries, because of living conditions, including poor sanitation, malnutrition, and high population density.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1272-1273
Number of pages2
JournalLancet Infectious Diseases
Volume19
Issue number12
Early online date3 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2019

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Keywords

  • antibiotic overuse
  • nonprescription antibiotics
  • China

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In: Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol. 19, No. 12, 31.12.2019, p. 1272-1273.

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