Antibiotics, many hailed as “miracle drugs” in treating infectious diseases. Their effectiveness has led to widespread popularity, and sometimes overuse worldwide. In China, antibiotics are prescribed liberally in hospitals, and can also be bought over-the-counter. A new study shows China, with a fifth of the world’s population, accounts for half of the world’s consumption of antibiotics – 162,000 tons in 2013, nearly half consumed in the world.
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