China to check antibiotic use

March 6th, 2012 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 6 (IANS) China Tuesday announced plans to curb the overuse of antibiotics.

The health ministry will limit the varieties of antibiotics a hospital could have according to its grade and function.

For instance, a top-level general hospital can have a maximum of 50 varieties of antibiotics, children’s hospitals 50, psychiatric hospitals 10 and stomatology 35.

The use ratio, the share of antibiotics among all prescription drugs, has also been capped. The cap for general hospitals is 60 percent, Xinhua reported.

Moreover, if doctors are found to use antibiotics inappropriately, they will be subjected to penalties ranging from warnings, suspensions or cancellations of their prescription-writing rights, to having their licenses withdrawn.

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