Pharmacist prescribing trial begins - but what clinical training are they getting?

Mystery still surrounds the precise training for pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs

Doctors have criticised the secrecy surrounding the clinical training pharmacists will undergo before they are allowed to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs.

Condemned by both the AMA and the RACGP as a risk to patients, the landmark Queensland prescribing trial finally began last week.

Hundreds of pharmacists have signed up to prescribe trimethoprim, nitrofurantoin or cephalexin for uncomplicated cystitis to women without a current script from their GP.

Patients must not be pregnant and aged between 18 and 65 to be eligible and