Writ petition seeks doctor's prescription mandate on antibiotics

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24th April, 2019 05:02:37 printer

Writ petition seeks doctor's prescription mandate on antibiotics

A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a writ petition at the High Court seeking to mandate a physicians’ prescription for purchase of antibiotics from pharmacies.

Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman on Wednesday submitted the petition as public interest litigation.

The writ petition also sought a High Court ruling asking the authorities concerned to explain why the sale of antibiotics without doctor’s prescription should not be declared illegal.

Health secretary, public administration secretary, director general of department of health services and deputy commissioners of all 64 districts have been made the respondents to the writ petition.

Barrister Suman also annexed a report of The Telegraph with the writ petition seeking necessary orders.

According to the report, antimicrobial resistance superbug could be responsible for up to 80 per cent deaths in the intensive care units in Bangladesh.

Prof Dr Sayedur Rahman, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medial University (BSMMU), told the Telegraph that out of approximately 900 patients admitted to the unit in 2018, 400 died.

And out of those deaths around 80 per cent were attributed to a bacterial or fungal infection that was resistant to antibiotics, said Dr Sayedur.