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POLICY DOCUMENT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 149  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 180-184

Policy document on antimicrobial stewardship practices in India


1 Division of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr Kamini Walia
Division of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_147_18

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India has become a great threat because of high rate of infectious diseases. One of the key contributing factors is high antibiotic use due to poor prescription practices, self-medication, over-the-counter sale of drugs and lack of awareness. Antimicrobial stewardship programme (AMSP) have been proved to be successful in restraining sale and use of antibiotics to a large extent in many countries. An AMSP programme for a hospital is imperative for rational and evidence-based antimicrobial therapy. The ultimate aim is to improve patient outcomes, reduce emergence of bacterial resistance and ensure longevity of the existing antimicrobials. The primary goal of AMSP is to encourage cautious use of available antibiotics by training the healthcare workers and creating awareness. This article describes the strategies and recommendations for formulation of AMSP policy for India.


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