The Ministry of Health says it will enforce a strict regulation designed to curb the widespread overuse of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals this year amid concerns of an increase in drug-resistant diseases.Wednesday, 9 May, 2012, 12:00am
The Hospital Authority will launch a five-year plan next year to contain drug-resistant superbugs, including an electronic system to monitor the use of antibiotics.
The system will give advice on whether the doctor's prescription of 'big gun' antibiotics is appropriate based on the patient's condition and history.2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
The microbiologist whose crucial work helped Hong Kong deflect a series of infectious disease threats says the city's over-reliance on antibiotics is behind the deadly scarlet fever outbreak that has killed two children and made hundreds ill.23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Pull the plugs7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Senior medical professionals are concerned that the courts are too lenient on pharmacies selling antibiotics illegally at a time when drugresistant infections are a major public health concern.
Worries are so high that the Department of Health may look at increasing penalties for the offence.29 May 2011 - 12:00am
The dangers of misusing and abusing antibiotics are well established. But the message obviously is not getting through, as the hundreds of deaths at our hospitals from drug-resistant infections prove. Better education and tighter controls are clearly needed. Getting the message across should not require a personal medical tragedy.26 May 2011 - 12:00am
Misuse of antibiotics is widespread
I think it will be very hard to control the overuse of antibiotics in Hong Kong, because they are handed out like sweets in virtually every pharmacy.
Just go into one and say you've got a cold or flu and they will give you a colourful bag of pills usually including a day or two of varied antibiotics.25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Stricter curbs are under way to check the rampant use of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals amid growing fears that overuse will lead to increased drug resistance.
The rules, to be drafted by the health authority, will hold hospital chiefs accountable for the use of anti-bacterial drugs.12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
The use of 'big-gun' antibiotics in public hospitals is rising slowly, even though weaker drugs would have sufficed in 10 per cent of cases, an infectious disease control specialist said.
The Hospital Authority's chief infection-control officer Dr Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong disclosed the statistics yesterday in a yearly round-up.20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am
John Moore's retained jockey, Darren Beadman, yesterday abandoned 2009 Hong Kong Sprint runner-up One World and switched to unheralded Let Me Fight after an injury cloud appeared over the prospects of both One World and star miler Able One ahead of Sunday's internationals.10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am
Soon after penicillin was introduced in the 1940s, bacteria began developing resistance to the new life-saving class of drugs. Ever since, researchers have produced generation after generation of antibiotics to stay ahead of it. That has not stopped the emergence of superbugs resistant to all but a tiny handful of antibiotics of last resort.17 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
A nasty bug has spread in Hong Kong hospitals. It first started in 2006 and now infects as many as 3,000 people a year.
A doctor at the University of Hong Kong believes it spreads very fast because hospitals are not clean enough. He says only the best cleaning methods should be used in hospitals. He also urged the Hospital Authority to do more to control the 'superbug'.15 Mar 2010 - 12:00am
A 71-year-old man who was allegedly operating a medical clinic from his home was arrested for practising medicine without being a registered practitioner and for illegal possession of drugs, including antibiotics. Police raided the man's flat in Kwai Chung yesterday and seized more than 13,000 pills, including 10,000 antibiotics and Part 1 poisons, worth a total of HK$70,000.8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am
World's first antibiotic
Alexander Fleming, a Scottish doctor working in England, discovered the antibiotic penicillin in 1928. His discovery was partially accidental.27 May 2008 - 12:00am
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