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26 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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No antibiotics without prescription

Orders High Court
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to take effective steps in banning the sale of antibiotics without registered doctors’ prescriptions. The HC bench also ordered the director general (DG) of the Directorate General of Drug Administration to issue a circular to this effect within two days of receiving the copy of its order.

The HC bench also directed the DG to send the circular to the deputy commissioners and the civil surgeons in all districts so that they could take steps to stop the sale of antibiotics without registered doctors’ prescriptions.

In response to a writ petition, the HC bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil also issued a rule asking the government to explain why selling antibiotics without prescription from registered doctors should not be declared illegal.

The health secretary, public administration secretary, director general of department of health services, and deputy commissioners of all 64 districts have been asked to reply to the rule within four weeks.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman on Wednesday filed the writ petition with the related branch of the HC as a public interest litigation seeking the court’s directives to restrict the sales of antibiotics at pharmacies without a physician’s prescription.

Later, Sumon told reporters that on many occasions antibiotics were reportedly sold to people without doctors’ prescriptions and the medicines do not work for patients due to excessive use.

He also said that medical experts have suggested that the government should take immediate measures to stop indiscriminate use of antibiotics.

In the petition, the petitioner said that on April 22 British newspaper The Telegraph published a report with headline “Superbugs linked to eight out of 10 deaths in Bangladeshi ICUs”.

In the report it was mentioned that a senior doctor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University said that antimicrobial resistance superbug could be responsible for up to 80 per cent deaths in the country’s intensive care units.

Professor Sayedur Rahman, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, at the BSMMU, told The Telegraph that out of approximately 900 patients admitted to an ICU unit in 2018, 400 died.

And out of those deaths, around 80 percent were attributed to a bacterial of fungal infection that was resistant to antibiotics, said Doctor Rahman.

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