The consumption of pharmaceuticals is increasing across OECD countries, not only in terms of expenditure, but also the volume or quantity of drugs consumed.
The consumption of antibiotics varies from 11 DDDs per 1,000 people per day in the Netherlands to 39 in Greece. Since over-consumption of antibiotics has been linked to bacterial resistance, many countries have launched information campaigns targeting physicians and patients in order to reduce consumption.
Czechs like using pharmaceuticals. They spent approximately a fifth of total health care costs on the pills, one of the highest share within the OECD universe. On the other hand, Czechs are below-average users of antibiotics.
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