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Greece has highest use of antibiotics outside hospital in Europe

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7871
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

European institutions, researchers, and the medical and veterinary professions are combining forces to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing antibiotics. Representatives of all were present in Brussels on 16 November when the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control presented its latest data on the degree of antibiotic resistance in Europe.1

The data show wide disparities across the European Union in the use of antibiotics outside hospitals. Such use is highest in Greece, whose rate is almost four times that in Estonia, the EU country with the lowest consumption. Presenting the findings, the centre’s director, Marc Sprenger, said, …

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