Plan hatched to cut antibiotic use

THE Federal Government will take more antibiotics off the shelves to help reduce bug resistance to drugs.

Health Minister Sussan Ley announced a new national plan on Tuesday to reduce antibiotic resistance and cut down on "misuse or overuse of such drugs".

She said in 2013, more than 29 million antibiotic prescriptions in total were made out to more than 10million Australians.

The plan involves identifying drugs being overused and that may be leading to bacteria or viruses evolving into more resistant strains.

The move could also help cut government costs.

At the World Health Congress last week, Australia agreed to join global efforts on antibiotic resistance.

Australia's consumption of antibiotics is among the highest in the developed world.