AMA slams 'dangerous' pharmacy prescribing trial

Controversial plan flies in the face of good antimicrobial stewardship, says president Dr Tony Bartone

The AMA has attacked a plan to allow pharmacists in Queensland to start prescribing antibiotics for UTIs as a “dangerous precedent” in the era of growing anti-microbial resistance.


The Queensland Government says it is preparing to launch a state-wide pilot program to allow pharmacists to provide the contraceptive pill and antibiotics for UTIs without a current prescription.

But doctors are criticising the proposal, particularly over its lack of crucial details such as how many repeat scripts pharmacists would be able to