UAE to crack down on the sales of prescription drugs

UAE to crack down on the sales of prescription drugs

19 Nov 2017

Antibiotics are currently being sold over the counter in the country

New laws are coming into place in relation to the sales of antibiotics in the UAE.

The country's Ministry of Health is planning on issuing new legislations which will ban the sales of antibiotics without prescriptions in the country.

The new legislation will be in line with World Health Organisation's (WHO) reports, according to Khaleej Times. Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for public policy and licensing at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), has stressed on the adverse effects of extended anitibiotic usage.

According to Dr Al Amiri, global WHO reports have shown that between 50 and 80 per cent of germs in the human body have developed strong resistance to antibiotics, which leads to the deterioration of the immune system. This, he explains, prolongs the duration of illness and disease, along with making treatment more difficult. As a result, the risk of complications increases. Reports indicate that 700,000 people die annually due to antibiotic resistance alone!

All of this is due to the lack of control with regards to the dispensal of antibiotics. Usage should be strictly monitored and regulated in order to ensure that anitibiotics aren't being used excessively by patients. 

MOHAP aims to liaise with both doctors and pharmacies. It aims to provide doctors additional information with regards to the adverse effects of antibiotic usage, and train them to offer antibiotics only when necessary. Pharmacies will also be carefully monitored to ensure antibiotics aren't being sold without prescriptions.

According to scientists, the increase in antibiotic resistance is a global health issue, so make sure you don't take them unless prescribed and unless absolutely necessary!