Five days after the introduction of electronic prescriptions for antibiotics, doctors have already written out almost 10,000 of them.
Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko announced this on the air of the telethon, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“The process of implementing our initiative has been going on for almost a week, almost 10,000 electronic prescriptions for antibiotics have already been issued, most of all in Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Lvov regions,” Lyashko said.
He recalled that now there is a transitional period, when, along with an electronic prescription for antibiotics, the rules applied before August 1, 2022 are also valid, that is, doctors, if necessary, can write out a paper prescription.
According to Lyashko, the rule on electronic prescription is not valid in the temporarily occupied territories.
“Today, the norm for dispensing antibiotics, antimicrobial agents by electronic prescription does not work in the territories where Russia is trying to establish an occupation regime, as well as in the territories that, in accordance with the order of the Ministry of Reintegration, are assigned to the zone of active hostilities. You can calmly there if pharmacies work, buy antibiotics as before August 1, 2022,” Lyashko said.
In the future, as the minister said, an electronic prescription will be introduced for narcotic drugs.
“This will allow us to significantly simplify access to pain relief for those people who need it, including people with cancer who are at home. Now it is quite difficult for them to get drugs so that pain relief occurs in outpatient treatment. And then we will consider and expand this list for all groups of prescription drugs,” Lyashko said.
The Minister noted that the need for more stringent regulation of the circulation of antibiotics is due to the fact that the population used these drugs uncontrollably even in cases where they were not needed. This causes the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, making it difficult to treat later. In particular, this applies to the treatment of the wounded, when antibiotics are inactive, and doctors are forced to constantly select these drugs. It also makes it difficult to treat people who have had organ transplants and so on. Also, the coronavirus disease pandemic has led to the fact that people began to uncontrollably use antibiotics for manifestations of pneumonia, which significantly increased the growth in the number of microbes that are insensitive to antibiotics.
“Today we have two options – to wait for a more terrible catastrophe, which, in principle, according to calculations, if nothing is done, could kill 35 million people by 2030. That is, there will be pathogens that are insensitive to antibiotics. Or start acting. And enough “It’s nice that even during the war, Ukraine begins to act, and does not wait for large-scale disasters. We are integrating into the European space, and prescription antibiotics are not some kind of know-how, but normal European practice,” Lyashko said.
As Ukrinform reported, from August 1 in Ukraine, antibiotics are dispensed by electronic prescription. At the same time, doctors can write a paper prescription if necessary.