[Antibiotic use in Mexico: review of problems and policies]

Dreser, A; Wirtz, VJ; Corbett, KK; Echániz, G; (2008) [Antibiotic use in Mexico: review of problems and policies]. Salud publica de Mexico, 50 Sup. S480-7. ISSN 0036-3634

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The inappropriate use of antibiotics signifies a risk for individual health and a waste of health resources. It triggers the development of antibiotic resistance, which increases expenditures and mortality related to infectious disease, and is hence considered a serious public health problem. The World Health Organization has thus recommended a series of strategies to be included within national pharmaceutical policies. In Mexico, diverse factors related to the inappropriate use of antibiotics have been documented. While the response has been mainly in the form of educational and managerial interventions directed toward physicians in public health services, as well as epidemiological surveillance, there is a paucity of research and interventions focused on consumers, pharmacies, and the private sector. Fundamentally, a comprehensive national strategy for antibiotics is not incorporated into health and pharmaceutical policies.

Item Type: Article
PubMed ID: 19082259
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/19925


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