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Antibiotic control policies in South Korea

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  • Antibiotic control policies in South Korea
  • Kim, Baek Nam; Kim, Hong Bin; Oh, Myoung Don
  • Korean Society of Infectious Diseases; Korean Society for Chemotherapy


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Title Antibiotic control policies in South Korea
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Kim, Baek Nam; Kim, Hong Bin; Oh, Myoung Don

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[Seoul, South Korea] : Korean Society of Infectious Diseases; Korean Society for Chemotherapy

Date 2016
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Infection & Chemotherapy:vol. 48(no. 3)
Pages 9
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
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Abstract

Antibiotic stewardship is a key strategy for limiting antibiotic resistance. Over the last decade the South Korean government has implemented a series of healthcare policies directed to this end, consisting of legislative separation of drug prescribing and dispensing, antibiotic utilization reviews, healthcare quality assessment, and public reporting. As a result, the proportion of antibiotic prescriptions for acute upper respiratory tract infections in primary healthcare facilities decreased from 72.9% in 2002 to 42.7% in 2013. However, no significant decrease in antibiotic resistance occurred over the same period in clinically important bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae. These government-driven policies played a pivotal role in improving antibiotic use for outpatients and surgical patients in South Korea. However, to achieve long-lasting successful outcomes, coordinated efforts and communications among the stakeholders, including physicians and medical societies, are needed.