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Govt decides to use red mark to identify antibiotics

Thursday, 19 May 2022 | 3:56 am | 56 times

Govt decides to use red mark to identify antibiotics

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has decided to mark the packet with red color to make it easier to identify the antibiotic. The decision was made at a discussion on the country’s antibiotic situation at a hotel in the capital on Wednesday.
SM Sabrina Yasmin, Assistant Director, Directorate General of Drug Administration, said this at a discussion meeting. The meeting was jointly organized by the Disease Control Branch of DGDA, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Fleming Fund, UKAID.

Sabrina Yasmin said many of those who work in the country’s pharmacies have little idea about antibiotics. A survey of 427 pharmacies in six departments found that 67 percent of workers did not know about antibiotics. When people want to buy, they give antibiotics. In view of this, the DGDA has decided to use red color in the wrapper to clarify which is an antibiotic and which is not an antibiotic. The decision of the DGDA has been accepted by the owners of the pharmaceutical industry.

The assistant director of drug administration added that the mark would be used in both human and animal antibiotics. Many companies are currently using this mark on their drug levels.

Several organizations, including DGDA and IEDCR, presented research on the use of antibiotics at the event.

DGDA Director General Brigadier General Mohammad Yusuf, Additional Director General of the Health Department Prof Ahmedul Kabir, Director of Disease Control (Infectious) Branch Prof Nazmul Islam and others were present on the occasion.


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