67% medicine retailers not cognizant on antimicrobial drugs: DGDA By Dhaka Mirror : dhakamirror.com

May 18, 2022

Around 67 percent of medicine retailers cannot identify antibiotics from regular medicines properly as they do not have adequate knowledge about antimicrobial drugs, finds a study by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA).
Sabrina Alam, assistant director at DGDA, disclosed the information at the dissemination programme on current antimicrobial resistance and the usage pattern in Bangladesh, at a Dhaka hotel today (May 18, 2022).
For this reason, DGDA has instructed labeling of all antimicrobials (antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals) marked with red colour and the word “Antibiotics”.
“Antibiotic packaging labels will be changed to make it easier for vendors to identify antibiotic drugs,” said Sabrina Yasmin.
“The word ‘antibiotic’ will appear bolded in red across half the package,” she informed, adding that pharmaceutical companies will release the new packaging in the market within the next six months.
The survey was conducted among 427 medicine retailers.
Speaking at the event, Major General Mohammad Yousuf, Director General of DGDA, said that they have suggested in the proposed drug act that selling antibiotics without prescription be considered a punishable act, including Tk 20,000 fine.

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