The Ministry of Health announced that 35 percent of prescriptions included antibiotics in 2011, while this figure fell to 24 percent in 2019.
Evaluating positively that there is a 32 percent reduction in the preference of physicians in prescribing antibiotics, the Ministry stated that 104 million boxes less antibiotics were consumed in 2019 and 1 billion 728 million lira was spent for antibiotics from the budget. The ministry shared the following data on antibiotic use:
104 million boxes less
“As a result of the studies initiated within the scope of spreading the rational use of antibiotics, antibiotic consumption, which was approximately 42.28 units per thousand people in 2011, decreased to approximately 31.86 units in 2019. While 35 percent of prescriptions included antibiotics in 2011, in 2019 this figure dropped to 24 percent. In other words, there was a 32 percent decrease in the preference of physicians to prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotic box sales in 2011 amounted to 218 million boxes. If antibiotic consumption had continued at the same rate, 272 million boxes of antibiotics would have been consumed in 2019. As a result of the studies, last year’s antibiotic consumption was determined as 168 million on a box basis. Therefore, 104 million less antibiotics were consumed in 2019.