A ‘win’ for pharmacist prescribing?
Ten pharmacies participated in the study. Pharmacy staff recruited women who came in for advice, an OTC treatment for cystitis or with an antibiotic prescription from a GP.
If the women and their symptoms fitted a protocol, the pharmacists had the option of treating them with trimethoprim. During the study, 153 women presented with suspected UTI. A GP had already prescribed an antibiotic for 97 of them. Fifteen of the 56 women who came directly to the pharmacy were given a symptomatic remedy. The other 41 were prescribed trimethoprim.