Abu Faour issued a decree Monday that explicitly forbids pharmacies from issuing antibiotics or antiviral drugs unless if the patient attains a prescription from a licensed doctor.(The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Misuse blunting antibiotics' potency: WHOAntibiotics are losing their potency and may no longer cure common illnesses due to misuse, health experts warned Wednesday. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour issued a decree Monday that explicitly forbids pharmacies from issuing antibiotics or antiviral drugs unless the patient attains a prescription from a licensed doctor. It was seen as an important step to curb antimicrobial resistance. Riedner said almost half of all medication is mistakenly prescribed, dispensed or sold, and half of all patients misuse the medicine prescribed to them. Bizri added that doctors were now obliged to resort to prescribing old types of medication due to patients' immunity.Although doctors are well trained about when to administer antibiotics, Bizri insisted that three loopholes remain.
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