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Russians have no problems with excessive use of antibiotics but prefer strong drugs: WHO

Russians have no problems with excessive use of antibiotics but prefer strong drugs: WHO

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Apr 2019, 05:59 pm

Geneva , Apr 19 (Sputnik/UNI) Russians do not have problems with excessive use of antibiotics, as it is in the middle of the list of countries excessively using this kind of drugs, but, at the same time, very strong drugs are in high demand in Russia, Dr Marc Sprenger, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) secretariat for antimicrobial resistance, told Sputnik.

"Russia is not a very high consumer of antibiotics. So, there is not a problem in Russia that they use a lot of antibiotics," Sprenger said.

Sprenger showed a relevant ranking of states on their use of antibiotics, where Russia is placed somewhere in the middle, while such states as Turkey, Montenegro, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Serbia and Italy are considered to be very high consumers of antibiotics.

According to the WHO expert, the problem is that very often very strong drugs are used by Russians from the very beginning of a disease.

"You can see that they [Russians] do not use that many antibiotics, but they use a lot of the more advanced antibiotics," he added.

Sprenger considers that it is better to use more simple antibiotics, and if they are not working — to change for the more advanced antibiotics.

Russians have no problems with excessive use of antibiotics but prefer strong drugs: WHO

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