‘They’re treating UTIs successfully’: Qld Health Minister defends pharmacy prescribing plan

Yvette D'Ath has rejected criticisms of the pilot from doctor groups, saying her top priority is patient safety
Geir O'Rourke
Yvette D'Ath
Yvette D’Ath. Source: AAP.

Queensland’s Minister for Health has defended a plan to allow pharmacists to independently diagnose and treat complex conditions, claiming they are already “successfully” prescribing antibiotics for UTIs.

The RACGP and AMA are increasingly alarmed at the looming rollout of the state’s trial of pharmacists prescribing and dispensing up to 150 different S4 drugs, saying it’s a threat to patient safety.