Miguel Toscano, director of Mexico’s federal commission on product safety announced on Wednesday a crackdown on pharmacies that sell antibiotics without prescriptions. Mexican law requires a doctor’s prescription for antibiotics but it has been a widely common practice to sell antibiotics to anyone who requests them.
Mexican authorities announced tougher rules have been implemented to ensure that people buying antibiotics have prescriptions.
The Health Department estimates half of Mexicans self-medicate without checking with a doctor.
The overuse of antibiotics is largely responsible for the problem of drug-resistant infections.