Antibiotics frequently supplied without prescription, global review finds Antibiotics are being doled out without prescriptions in pharmacies around the world, potentially leading to the development and spread of superbugs, a study has found.
Three in four patient requests for antibiotics and three in five consultations at community pharmacies led to the sale of antibiotics without a prescription - often for conditions not needing the drugs.
For the study, the researchers looked at local or country-level studies from 2000 to 2017 on sales of antibiotics by pharmacies around the world. In all but one of the 24 countries in the study (Thailand), providing antibiotic drugs without a prescription is illegal. The Daily Telegraph