What pharmacists think about delayed antibiotic prescribing

Researchers ask how they would react if presented with a script

Pharmacists are in favour of delayed dispensing to help reduce antibiotic resistance, according to a landmark Australian survey.


University of Queensland researchers asked 103 pharmacists what they would do if a patient presented within 24 hours of receiving a delayed prescription.

Some 60% of the pharmacists say they wouldn’t dispense the script, in line with GP advice for the patient to wait and see if they deteriorate or develop specific symptoms.

A further 29% would dispense but counsel the patient about the reason the GP had recommended they wait.

“The concept of