Expats can easily obtain antibiotics in many countries

Published:  6 Mar at 9 AM
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New data shows that Brits in some of the most popular Mediterranean countries to relocate to can get their hands on antibiotics without too many problems.

Greece leads the way when it comes to dishing out prescriptions, with more than 39 daily antibiotic doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Cyprus is next on 31, while Luxembourg, France and Belgium (all 28 doses per day per 1,000 inhabitants) complete the top five.

Research from Public Health England recently discovered that 97 per cent of patients who ask their doctor for drugs receive them, while the group also found that there had been a 40 per cent increase in the number of patients being given antibiotics for a cold or cough over the past 12 years.

There has been widespread concern that overprescribing drugs poses a long-term risk for the country’s health as people will build up a resistance to them. Medical experts estimate that overuse of drugs in the Western world is resulting in more infections and could lead to an additional 10 million deaths a year.

The UK comes in 12th place among EU nation for antibiotic use, with 18.7 daily doses per 1,000 inhabitants. The Netherlands and Estonia come at the bottom of the 26-country list, with 11.2 and 11 daily doses per 1,000 people.
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