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Antibiotics spending to be halved

Thailand has set a target to reduce spending on prescription antibiotic drugs by half in the next two years as a result of an increase in drug resistance among patients and a higher cost burden on the government, the National Drugs Development Board said yesterday.

The reduction is in line with medical ethics associated with prescription drugs, greater care and concern for patients with specific diseases, a new standard of prescription and relevant database and the prevention of the overuse of antibiotics, said Professor Dr Udom Kachintorn, a senior board official.

Thailand spent Bt109 billion on antibiotics in 2007, Bt115 billion in 2008, Bt122 billion in 2009, Bt128 billion in 2010, and Bt134 billion in 2011.


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