Brihan-Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a big step towards standardisation of indications for prescribing antibiotics for use by various specialties(1). This is said to be the first time any Civic Agency has taken such a step. The Corporation, one of the richest in the country, has taken this big step in the right direction.
On the same note, it remains to be seen how much of the policy is followed by the doctors. Rational use of antibiotic was a necessity in the period of world war due to acute shortage. In the present day, there is no dearth of antibiotic availability but they are not effective enough to combat tough infections. In 2013, BMC started this ambitious project to curb the abuse of antibiotics(2). Over a period of 2 years, various expert committees convened to draft an antibiotic policy for use by each of their specific specialties. And this has culminated in the release of the policy in it's current form.
1. Times of India Article - 2015
2. Mumbai Mirrow Article - 2013