JFDA issues new antibiotic dispensing guidelines

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AMMAN – Jordan has implemented new instructions to promote the rational use of antibiotics, aiming to address the growing concerns of antibiotic misuse, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

Experts warned of the risks associated with easy access to antibiotics, as citizens often seek them without proper diagnosis, leading to potential bacterial resistance, while pointing out Jordan's proactive stance in addressing various health challenges through preemptive measures, notably in the domain of medication use.

They highlighted that the Jordan Food and Drug Administration's (JFDA) initiatives reflect this approach, with measures including limitations on dispensing select antibiotics without prescriptions, particularly those susceptible to bacterial resistance.

The Director-General of JFDA, Dr. Nizar Mheidat, confirmed that the institution has implemented several important measures. These include the prohibition of dispensing specific antibiotics without a prescription, especially those that could potentially be resistant to bacteria.

 Mheidat mentioned that updates have been made to the quantities of antibiotics available in specific pharmacies, subject to specific pharmaceutical protocols, and dispensed according to a designated prescription model, noting that a specific medical model has been adopted to authorize the dispensing of antibiotics, especially those under surveillance and potentially resistant to bacteria.

Additionally, he emphasized that the administration of antibiotics in injectable form is now restricted to hospitals, emphasizing that prescriptions must be prepared by a specialist in the field of infections.

Experts reiterated the significance of this measure in light of the global threat posed by increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics. In addition, they emphasized that this escalation negatively impacts individuals regardless of their age or country of residence.

A specialist in antibiotic risk management, Dr. Suha Al-Jabri, highlighted that antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon but has accelerated due to misuse in both humans and animals. She warned that treating infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea has become significantly more challenging as commonly used antibiotics for these conditions are becoming less effective.

Furthermore, she noted that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance leads to prolonged hospital stays, increased medical costs, and higher mortality rates.

An infectious disease specialist also highlighted that three out of every 10 newborns contract bloodstream infections because antibiotics used to treat sepsis are no longer effective.

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