alexa Use of Antibiotics in Children in Saudi Arabia

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Use of Antibiotics in Children in Saudi Arabia

In many countries around the world, the distribution of antibiotics is not adequately regulated, where antibiotics can be purchased over-the-counter without a doctor’s prescription. In Saudi Arabia, the law states that antibiotics need doctors’ prescription to be dispensed to patients. However, studies have revealed that pharmacies often do not follow these regulations and a huge amount of antibiotics are dispensed without prescriptions. Furthermore, antibiotics are frequently inappropriately dispensed by the pharmacists for viral infections, with and without the patient/parent’s request.

Citation: Alumran A, Hou XY, Sun J, Yousef A, Hurst C (2015) The Parental Use of Antibiotics in Children in Saudi Arabia. Epidemiology (sunnyvale) 5:194.

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