Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Canada
[To be published in Health Action: The Voice of Natural Wellness Spring 2016 issue]
The Public Health Agency of Canada released a report entitled â€˜Human Antimicrobial Drug Use Report 2012/13â€™ to better understand the trends of use over time on a provincial and national level.
Some highlights of the report include:
â€“ In 2013, doctors in office based settings saw patients for more that 293 million diagnoses, resulting in 23.8 million antimicrobial recommendations (accounting for 8% of all diagnoses)
â€“ Children between 3 and 9 years had the highest percentage of diagnoses with an antimicrobial prescription (mostly pencillins and macrolides)
â€“ Parenteral products (ie. antimicrobials either injected or supplied intravenously) increased 200% in use total volume used from 2012 to 2013
â€“ Total kilograms of active antimicrobial ingredients purchased by hospitals increased 75% between 2010 and 2013
Although the Public Health Agency of Canada keeps records on the use of antimicrobials in humans, there is very little oversight and tracking of the use of them in food-producing animals and livestock...