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4th Public Educational Campaign on Promotion of Rational Use of Antimicrobial Medicines - JEKA


The Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (HALMED) participated as a sponsor and participant of the 4th Public Educational Campaign on Promotion of Rational Use of Antimicrobial Medicines - JEKA. The main goal of this campaign executed for the fourth year continuation is to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

The JEKA action campaign represents a part of the scientific research project approved by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Croatia entitled "The effectiveness of procedures for promoting rational use of antimicrobial medicines" supported by the City of Rijeka and the Primorsko-Goranska County and in accordance with the National programme for the control of antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics for the period from 2009 to 2014. The JEKA action campaign carries out an intensive education of health care professionals and wider public on the appropriate and rational use of antimicrobial medicines in treatment of milder respiratory infections. The campaign leader, Professor Vera Vlahović-Palčevski, MD, PhD, stated that it was obvious that through a continuous education, the public opinion towards antibiotics was improving and the consumption of antibiotics dicreasing.

HALMED carefully monitors the use of antibiotics in Croatia, calls upon a rational and appropriate use and promotes the raise of public awareness on resistance, hence an incorrect and excessive prescription of antibiotics as well as their inappropriate use increase the antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics and increase the risk for development of other diseases.

HALMED calls upon all the doctors and patients to prescribe and use antibiotica responsibly and consciously, bearing in mind the following: antibiotics are intended to treat bacterial infections, but not the viral ones; antibiotics are not used to treat a flu and cold or every single throat ache; antibiotics are not used to reduce a fever; antibiotics should be taken only upon's doctors prescription and the dose administered entirely in equal time intervals.

In the For patients (in Croatian) part of HALMED's webpages, there is a subcolumn Use antibiotics responsibly and consciously (in Croatian) dedicated to rational use of antimicrobial medicines. Here you can find more informations on antibiotics and the JEKA action campaign.