Victoria is the newest state to maneuver in the direction of pharmacist prescribing, with Premier Daniel Andrews promising a trial permitting pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) and medicines for different circumstances if re-elected.
UTIs are frequent, particularly amongst girls, with half getting not less than one of their lifetime.
Last week the New South Wales authorities introduced a trial permitting pharmacists to provide a variety of journey vaccinations and prescribe antibiotics for UTIs. And on Tuesday, the Northern Territory handed laws to broaden the position of pharmacists.
Queensland was the primary state to broaden this scope of apply – pharmacists can prescribe medicines for UTIs, after a two-year trial. The state is now trialling a pilot program permitting pharmacists to prescribe for a variety of different frequent circumstances.
Proponents of pharmacist prescribing argue it expands health-care choices for individuals who can’t entry a GP and highlights pharmacists’ experience with medicines. Meanwhile, these opposed elevate considerations about security and antibiotic resistance.
So ought to pharmacists be capable to prescribe frequent medicines similar to antibiotics for UTIs? We requested 5 specialists.
Three out of 5 mentioned sure
Here are their detailed responses:
Disclosure statements: Brett Mitchell receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council. He has acquired analysis funding from the NHMRC, HCF Foundation, Medtronics, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Nurses Memorial Centre, Senver, GAMA Healthcare, Ian Potter Foundation and Commonwealth (Innovation Connections grant). He is Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease and Health; Henry Cutler receives funding from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association; Jaya Dantas receives funding from Healthway, Lotterywest, & DISER. She is International Health SIG Convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia, a member of the Global Gender Equality in Health Leadership Committee, Women in Global Health, Australia and the President of Australian Graduate Women; Lisa Nissen acquired funding from Queensland Department of Health to guage the implementation of the current Queensland Urinary Tract Pharmacy Pilot in her earlier position at Queensland University of Technology. She is a previous president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Queensland) and previous Chairman of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (Queensland); Louise Stone is member of the RACGP, ACRRM and ASPM.
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