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Antibiotic are over-prescribed in Jordan, WHO study

Antibiotic are over-prescribed in Jordan, WHO study According to a new study, 60% of patients in attend hospitals are given . The study was conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) along with Jordanian health sector. It noted that a high number of patients receiving antibiotic indicates that doctors in both public and private hospitals are over-prescribing them. Moreover, the study mentioned that about 22% of medications sold at pharmacies are provided to patients without prescription, while 30% of patients do not afford the prices of medications in the kingdom.The study was titled “Availability of Medicine in Jordan”, and its details will be revealed in October. Yet, the preliminary results of the study were discussed during the beginning of the “Framework for Good Governance in the Pharmaceutical Sector” program, which was designed by the Jordanian Ministry of Health, the Royal Medical Services, the University of Jordan, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration, in addition to the WHO.  The program includes regulations that will be followed by pharmaceutical sector in Jordan in order to improve access to medications in the kingdom. Hashem Elzein, WHO representative in Jordan, commented on the program saying that it is “an explicit political and operational agenda which will guide a comprehensive socialization plan and capacity-building package aiming at enhancing the integrity of the system and the ethical conduct of public officials in this field”

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