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Healthcare: Study: One out of six Romanians used antibiotics without prescription last year


About one out of six Romanians (15%) used antibiotics without prescription from a physician, according to a study made by Cult Market Research.

According to the study, the are no major consumption differences between young people, adults and the elderly. 17% of people aged between 35 and 49 use antibiotics without prescription 15 of people aged between 18 and 34  and 15% of people between 50 and 64 . “In other words, Romanians of all ages use these medicines without physician prescription. However, elderly people (+65) tend to use antibiotics without physician consent to a lower extent (10%) compared to the other categories,” the source mentions.

The study proves that the Romanians’ education can influence their decision to use antibiotics without medical prescription.

In context, most people who use medicines without prescription are  those with general/vocational training -21%, followed by those with high school degrees - 15%.

The sociological research shows that one out of five Romanians in the rural area used antibiotics without prescription in the last year. The study shows that 20% of people in the rural area use antibiotics without prescription against 11% in the urban area.

According to gender, the percentage of women who use antibiotics without prescription is higher than those of men. One out of five Romanian women used antibiotics without prescription in the last year. 18% of women use antibiotics without medical prescription against 11% men.

Of all occupational categories, employees are the most to use medicines without prescription, in a proportion of 44%, followed by household wives/ jobless people- 22% and pensioners -14%.

Romanians with low monthly incomes are more likely to use antibiotics without prescription than Romanians with higher salaries. People with incomes between 1,001 and 2,000 lei use more antibiotics without prescription -42%, while 5% of people with incomes between 4,001 and 5,000 lei use those medicines.

The study was made over January 15-25, 2018 by Cult Market Research. Results are representative at national level. The error margin is +/-3.2%. The 943 questionnaires were applied by phone.