How Much Antibiotics Do We Consume?

February 1, 2016
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The consumption of pharmaceuticals is increasing across OECD countries. The number of daily doses of antibiotics varies from 11 per 1,000 people in the Netherlands to 30 in Italy. 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.

The joint declaration issued on 20th January 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland calls for renewed cooperation among governments and industry to create sustainable markets for antibiotics and for revitalization of the necessary basic scientific research and development needed to create a new generation of lifesaving drugs.

Czechs like using pharmaceuticals. They spend approximately a fifth of total health care costs on pills. That’s one of the highest percentages within the OECD universe. On the other hand, Czechs are below-average users of antibiotics.

For more details, see Data on Antibiotics Consumption