Health authorities alert about dangers of self-medicating with antibiotics

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Most pharmacies will sell the general public antibiotics without a prescription in the Dominican Republic. Now the Ministry of Public Works is working on a national plan to change this.

By 2023, the Ministry of Public Health wants to have in place a regulatory program to control the free sale of antibiotics. This initiative has its roots in the 2015 World Health Convention.

The Ministry of Public Health, within the framework of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, warned that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics, anti-parasitics and antivirals has become a global problem that triggers resistance to these drugs, preventing them from effectively fighting bacteria in the body.

This year, the theme for activities organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as...

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