President of the CNAS: One in four Romanians will have benefited, in 2022, from a regulated antibiotic / Rafila: Antibiotics should only be prescribed if necessary

President of the CNAS: One in four Romanians will have benefited, in 2022, from a regulated antibiotic / Rafila: Antibiotics should only be prescribed if necessary

​One in four Romanians benefited, in 2022, from a prescribed antibiotic, said Tuesday the president of the National Health Insurance Company (CNAS), Andrei Baciu, stressing that the consumption of antibiotics increases during the cold season and that Romania is in third place at European level in terms of antimicrobial resistance. For his part, the Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, drew attention on Tuesday to the danger of resistance to antibiotics in bacterial infections, showing that they should only be prescribed if necessary and taken the right dose.

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“Do you have any idea of ​​what the consumption of prescription antibiotics paid and prescribed to insured persons represents? (…) 4.2 million Romanians. (…) One in four Romanians having consumed a reimbursed antibiotic. There are simple prescriptions and there are those from closed hospital pharmacies. Furthermore, we are talking about all those existing antibiotics, but which are not part of a regulation program,” Andrei Baciu said on Tuesday, during the conference “Together for the prevention and fight against antimicrobial resistance”. How to properly treat colds and seasonal colds? Best practice guidelines”, according to Agerpres.

The president of the CNAS underlined the importance of communication activities on the theme of the use of antibiotics: “It is essential to increase, first of all, as much as possible, these actions, which increase the level of knowledge and understanding people, whatever the situation. position in which to discover something that seems relatively simple and risk-free. What’s wrong with taking an antibiotic? Completely false and I think it is the duty of all of us to emphasize this as much as possible.”

Alexandru Rafila: Antibiotics should only be prescribed if necessary

For his part, the Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, drew attention on Tuesday to the danger of resistance to antibiotics in bacterial infections, showing that they should only be prescribed if necessary and taken the right dose.

“The danger for the next 20 to 30 years increases because it will bring us into the pre-antibiotic era. What does this mean? It means that common bacterial infections (…), which we treat easily with a five-day course, for example, with a common antibiotic, could become life-threatening infections, for which we have no treatment. (…) We only have two solutions to keep these things under control .First, let’s prescribe antibiotics only when necessary and take them (…) in the correct way, that is, the right antibiotic, for the right infection, at the right dose and with the right duration of treatment,” Rafila said. , Tuesday, during the conference “Together for the prevention and fight against antimicrobial resistance. How to properly treat colds and seasonal colds? Guidelines for good practice.

He stressed the importance of educating the population on the subject of the use of antibiotics: “The education of professionals must be matched by the education of the public and, last but not least, by the education of those who dispense antibiotics in pharmacies. Of course, antibiotics are available on prescription. There is, let’s say, a small door. I can provide an antibiotic without a prescription for 48 hours in an emergency. There is no one to give you the prescription. There are such situations. (…) Yesterday we discussed with those of the Pharmaceutical Directorate to find a solution, so as not to exclude this possibility, but to eliminate the possibility of this happening again, because if someone goes to ten pharmacies and takes 48 hours of antibiotic, he will have treatment for ten days and let’s exclude this possibility or make things much more difficult anyway,” said the Minister of Health.

According to Alexandru Rafila, the capacity of bacteria to adapt to antibiotics is “extraordinarily high”, and half of the consumption of these drugs worldwide takes place in the veterinary sector. The consumption of products in which antibiotics have been introduced generates resistance to them, underlined the official. He further emphasized that bacteria present in the environment, for example in wastewater, as well as their resistance profile must be monitored.

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