Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday said the government is going to formulate a new law to check the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
"There’s weakness in the law to prevent the misuse to antibiotics in the country. A strict law is going to be enacted in this regard," he said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office after a meeting on ensuring the proper use of antibiotics. Terming antibiotics a silent killer, the minister said 15 lakh people die across the world every year due to the excessive consumption of antibiotics and Bangladesh is also seeing its negative impacts.
Zahid Maleque said packets of antibiotics will be labelled with red colour and the drug cannot be sold arbitrarily. “Drug stores can’t sell antibiotics without prescriptions of physicians. If any pharmacy is found selling antibiotics without prescriptions, its liscence will be revoked,” he said.
He said monitoring will be increased to stop the misuse and excessive use of antibiotics.
Describing the harmful effects of the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, the minister said many antibiotics do not work in human body due to the misuse while people also face premature death due to the ineffectiveness of the lifesaving drug. The presence of antibiotics was found in fish and meat as well which is also a matter of concern, he said, underscoring the need for creating public awareness about the issue.