The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists. Our mission is to promote the professional and economic interests of our members. Members of the IPU are committed to delivering a quality, accessible, personal and professional service that puts the patient first and has as its primary goal the optimisation of the health and well-being of society.
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- Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:31
- Pharmacists warn antibiotics are precious life-saving medicines to be used only when necessary.
- Overuse and misuse of antibiotics put patients' health at risk.
- Pharmacists advise antibiotics have no effect on colds and flu.
IPU, Friday 22 November 2013: Pharmacists today warned that antibiotics need to be respected as a precious life-saving medicine to be used sparingly and appropriately and only when absolutely necessary. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics is detrimental to the future health of all patients and is putting patients at risk, according to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the representative body for community pharmacists.
It has been medically proven that antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections and do not work for the common cold, cough, sore throat or sinus infection, which are caused by viruses.
Speaking at the launch today of a campaign to highlight Antibiotic Awareness in association with the Department of Health, HSE, ICGP, RCPI and RCSI, Rory O'Donnell, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union, said, "Repeated and improper use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance in Ireland and around the world. If we allow antibiotic resistance to grow, the antibiotics used to treat infections today will become ineffective or will stop working altogether in the future. This will not only cripple our ability to fight routine infections but will also undermine the treatment of more complicated infections, especially in patients with chronic diseases."