Written by Staff Writer at CNN
It’s a fact of life that we are increasing our dependence on medicine and pharmaceutical products; and with the demand in so many areas continues to rise each year. While getting some type of prescription is likely in most of our life, what percentage of patients have taken the additional steps and bought antibiotics for the first time? This varies from country to country but of the roughly 300 million prescriptions issued each year, only 20% of patients have bought a new antibiotic.
According to Austrian healthcare professional, the country has been on the verge of taking the mandatory route for years. In its fight against antimicrobial resistance, politicians and healthcare professionals believe that a national screening program is necessary. Currently, it would only be compulsory for patients to have a course of some generic antibiotics for their illnesses; however, as a public policy, a mandatory flu vaccine as well as a screening program for people who are 70 years of age and older will be rolled out later this year. To help out, members of the public can buy ethical antibiotics for around 60-70% cheaper than their generic counterparts, a fact that will make it easier for younger people to take charge of their health.
The vaccination program will be completely voluntary for providers, despite the fact that around 75% of all the doctors surveyed in the country had previous experience with it. Organizers also hope that the program will get healthcare providers involved in order to improve their knowledge and keep up with state-of-the-art information. The vaccine is expected to be available to the general public at pharmacy counters, meaning that healthcare providers will need to adopt a team-based approach by using pharmacists to assist first-time users as well as having a pharmacist on staff to help patients with chronic conditions manage their drug treatments.