Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My questions are for Shelita Dattani.
The overuse or misuse of antimicrobials has arisen from different causes, including over-prescribing by doctors, failure by patients to complete a course of antibiotics as prescribed, and the medical and non-medical use of antibiotics. According to Antimicrobial Stewardship Canada's brief, about 23 million antimicrobial prescriptions are written every year. The brief says that 30% to 50% of the prescriptions are not necessary. It is costing lots of money, $70 million to $80 million. It boggles my mind when I see this happening.
You said your organization has done something, like education. Have you worked with other health care providers like the CMA or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada? What steps have you taken to correct this unnecessary over-prescribing?