Tougher rule on antibiotics abuse
2011-August-18 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Doctors who overprescribe antibiotics without an appropriate reason more than three times will have their prescription rights restricted and face their licenses to practice being revoked.

According to a new rule by Shenzhen health commission targeting the abuse of antibiotics, hospitals were required to control antibiotic prescriptions at outpatient departments to 20 percent of the total prescriptions and inpatient departments at 60 percent.

All medical institutions must make public the classified antibiotics index and define the prescription rights of each physician.

This is to control the amount of antibiotics that hospitals purchase and dispense, the commission said.

In principle, AA hospitals would be restricted to 35 types of antibiotics while this would be held at 50 for AAA-level hospitals.

The AA or higher-level hospitals are required to choose antibiotics according to clinical microbiological criteria, and the rate of microbial test samples of hospitalized patients should be no lower than 30 percent of the total number of patients who receive antimicrobial treatment.

Heads of medical institutions are required to sign a responsibility contract, which specifies the obligations for antibiotics supervision and accountability.

Hospitals are required to organize reviews of antibiotics prescriptions of 25 percent of the physicians each month. Each physician must provide at least 50 prescriptions.

The review results would be an important standard to evaluate the performance of doctors.

Editor: Olivia
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