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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2016
E-009149-16
Question for written answer E-009149-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Buda (PPE)

 Subject:  Frequent use of antibiotics by Romanians
 Answer in writing 

At the conference on ‘the crisis facing the Romanian medical system and patient access to treatment’, attended by Ministry of Health representatives, attention was drawn to the high consumption of antibiotics by young people. Indeed, Romania is the country with the highest antibiotics consumption rate, 70% above the European average. This means that, on any given day, 3% of all Romanians are taking antibiotics for various illnesses.

The main reasons for this excessive use of antibiotics include poor public awareness of the harmful effects of antibiotics and inadequate control measures in hospitals, both of which favour high antibiotic consumption.

What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to discourage the excessive consumption of antibiotics?

Original language of question: RO 
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