The Medicines Agency, which notes a worrying increase in the consumption of antibiotics (+ 5.9% since 2010), is sounding the alarm.
“Antibiotics are not automatic”. Launched ten years ago, the slogan recalling the dangers of the overconsumption of antibiotics has obviously been forgotten by the French, as noted by a France 2 team. “When you have a good flu, an antibiotic is still essential”thus ensuring a passer-by.
Hospitals singled out
From 2000 to 2004, the French nevertheless consumed fewer antibiotics (-18.9%), before resuming this bad habit (+5.9% since 2010), to reach the same level as in 2003. Young people children and women are the people to whom doctors prescribe the most antibiotics. For Dr. Pierre Lévy, this is explained by the fear of the parents. “The mother who is worried because her four-month-old baby has a temperature goes quickly to the doctor”he explains.
Hospitals, big prescribers of antibiotics, are also singled out by the Medicines Agency.