IMA Policy on Antibiotics
At the Antimicrobial Resistance Conference, held in New Delhi yesterday, to discuss the IMA Antibiotic Policy, the following decisions were taken.
- Doctors should write the antibiotic in a box to differentiate it from other drugs in the prescription.
- The role of antibiotics should be discussed in an informed consent.
- When prescribing antibiotics, clear instructions should be given to the patient about no refill of antibiotic prescription without signature of the doctor.
- No antibiotic cover or prophylactic antibiotic should be given without a high degree of clinical suspicion.
- No antibiotics should be prescribed in following conditions:
o Small bowel diarrhea
o Fever with cough and cold
o Fever with rash
- Early initiation of antibiotics is the rule in suspected sepsis, bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and confirmed TB.
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) should make it mandatory for food companies to label all poultry and agriculture products as “Antibiotic-free”.
- IMA will be writing to the Health Ministry to formulate clear guidelines about safer disposal of left over antibiotics.