Table 2

Ten most prescribed antibiotic drugs in Canada, The Netherlands and Italy

Canada (2001)Netherlands (2005)Italy (2006)
DrugTreated (%)DrugPrescriptions (%)DrugTreated (%)Prescriptions (%)
Amoxicllin45.3Amoxicllin43.2Co-amoxiclav45.030.1
Clarithromycin12.4Clarithromycin10.4Amoxicllin26.816.7
Cefaclor10.2Co-amoxiclav10.4Clarithromycin21.710.5
Cotrimoxazol9.6Azithromycin5.4Azithromycin16.78.1
Azithromycin8.9Pheneticillin5.2Cefaclor12.97.8
Cefprozil7.5Trimethoprim4.4Cefixime12.36.1
Co-amoxiclav5.3Cotrimoxazol4.4Ceftriaxone3.05.5
Gentamycin5.1Nitrofurantoin4.3Ceftibuten8.14.0
Penicillin V5.1Doxycylin3.6Cefpodoxime6.33.7
Cephalexin4.2Flucloxacillin2.3Cefuroxime1.91.1
  • Data are expressed as a percentage of antibiotic prescriptions and as a percentage of children receiving at least one antibiotic prescription (treated children).