European-Hospital: France reacts to antimicrobial resistance

France is a major consumer of antibiotics ranking 4th in the European hospital environment according to the latest data available, and 5th for community use. A recent press release from the French National Authority for Health (HAS) shows that, despite a programme initiated in 2011 to achieve a 25% reduction in antibiotic use by 2016, medical use is rising again in 2014, meaning France has an antibiotic consumption 30% higher than the European average. However, its figures for antibiotic resistance ‘are good compared with those from most European countries but, however, significantly poorer than those of Scandinavian countries’ Professor Berthelot points out.