Study on the Pattern of Antibiotic Use Including the Resistance Episodes in Bangladesh

M. Shazzadul Islam, K. M. Yasif Kayes Sikdar, A. S. M. Monjur-Al-Hossain, A. B. M. Faroque


Antibiotic resistance is currently one of the biggest challenges faced by the health professionals
worldwide. Bacteria are becoming resistant to commonly used antibiotics and various factors have been identified
that are responsible for the resistance. Factors like poor quality of antibiotic products, unethical marketing practices
by pharmaceutical companies, irrational use of antibiotics by the physicians and patient incompliance are also
common in Bangladesh. To carry out this study, firstly the extent of antibiotic resistance was evaluated by collecting
clinical isolates from various diagnostic centers of Dhaka City and conducting antibiotic susceptibility test against
commonly used antibiotics. The product quality was evaluated by collecting antibiotic products of different generics
from various locations around Bangladesh and then performing drug content assay by HPLC method. Finally, to
evaluate patient incompliance, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted on patients who took or had taken
antibiotics recently and the collected data was analyzed statistically. The result of the investigation reveals that more
than 80% of the collected Escherichia coli (E. coli) isolates were resistant to currently used antibiotics like,
azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin, cefixime, cefuroxime, and moxifloxacin. Similar holds true for the
collected Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) isolates. The product quality in terms of drug content and dissolution
was good for most products irrespective of whether the manufacturer had a high market value or not. Patients survey
revealed that 82% discontinued antibiotic therapy was due to carelessness (49%), a false sense of cure (36%) and
high cost (15%).


Antibiotic resistance, antibiotic susceptibility test, drug content, questionnaire, patient survey.

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The Dhaka University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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