Can You Get Penicillin Without A Prescription

Where do antibiotics come from without a prescription?

Sepsis, tetanus, the plague or typhus - before Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928, many means and attempts by doctors to cure sick people were sometimes quite helpless. It was antibiotics that gave people a really effective means of combating bacterial infectious diseases - many once terrifying diseases lost their horror. But less than a hundred years after the turning point in medical history, many pathogens threaten to become terrible again. Resistance to all known groups of antibiotics is increasing and the first super-pathogens that can no longer be treated with antibiotics have already been described and claimed victims.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates that 25,000 deaths each year in the European Union are caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Worldwide there are around 700,000.1.5 billion euros in additional health costs and loss of productivity within the EU are caused by the bacteria. Nature strikes back in the spirit of selection and evolution - especially because the former miracle cures were and still are used far too often and far too carelessly.

In all EU countries it is forbidden to dispense antibiotics without a prescription

This is the conclusion of a recently published study on behalf of the European Commission of the University of Antwerp and the Netherlands institute for health services research (NIVEL). In the publication entitled “Antimicrobial resistance and causes of non-prudent use of antibiotics in human medicine in the EU”, the researchers also come to the conclusion that in some member states, to a not inconsiderable extent, antibiotics are not only completely useless, but also be taken without medical supervision and without a prescription. The dispensing of antibiotics without a prescription, with a few exceptions such as certain eye drops, is prohibited by the applicable laws in all EU countries.

In Romania, which has a population of 19.8 million, about every fifth (20 percent) taken antibiotic has not been prescribed, according to the figures from the Eurobarometer from 2013. The study, which is based on the research carried out by the EU-funded ARNA project ( Antimicrobial resistance and the causes of non-prudent use of antibiotics). The project builds on existing projects in many EU countries on the sensible use of prescribed antibiotics, such as those of the European pharmacists' association PGEU (Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union), in which pharmacists also play a key role. In order to avoid the build-up of resistance, the measures taken in Europe to date include, among other things, treatment compliance or the disposal of residues so that the active ingredients do not end up in the environment. ARNA, on the other hand, focuses on antibiotics that are not used carefully because they are not prescribed by a doctor.