BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Misuse of antibiotics
kills 80,000 people in China a year due to adverse reactions, the China Youth
In 2007, antibiotics were prescribed to about 74
percent of hospital patients and about 21 percent of outpatients. Those figures
are far higher than in many other countries, according to the Ministry of
"Some patients and even doctors consider antibiotics
as a panacea and use them often in minor illnesses. Many doctors even do not
know the basic use rules for such medicines," said Wu Yongpei, an official with
an experts' panel on drug use at the Ministry of Health.
Wu noted the main reason for the excessive usage:
hospitals earn more money because of the relatively high prices of antibiotics.
The drugs accounted for almost 26 percent of drug sales at 124 hospitals in
2004, according to a national survey. The ratio was about 20 percent in recent
years, Wu said.
Health authorities will train up to 45,000 doctors
nationwide at public hospitals from this month through February 2010 "to ensure
safe, effective and economical use of antibiotics," according to the ministry.