As NSW pharmacists may be aware, NSW Health has announced the NSW Government-sponsored clinical trial for the management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by community pharmacists. The trial aims to evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacists prescribing antibiotics to treat uncomplicated UTIs in eligible women aged 18 to 65 years (inclusive).
The University of Newcastle is leading the trial in association with the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of New England, Charles Sturt University, The George Institute for Global Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
This is a research trial and only pharmacies that have been accepted into the feasibility study and have met the requirements outlined in the NSW Health Authority are allowed to provide this service to eligible patients.
Only appropriately trained pharmacists employed in eligible community pharmacies that meet the requirements and have been selected to take part in the trial will be able to provide treatment for uncomplicated UTIs.
PDL continues to support the profession and members in the provision of professional services. PDL representatives have and continue to provide input to the trial regarding risk management for this service.
For pharmacists considering an application to join the trial, PDL is pleased to state that the PDL Master Policy automatically includes professional indemnity cover for members providing this service in line with the approved guidelines. Pharmacy proprietors are reminded to confirm their indemnity status for this service with their business insurer.
Pharmacies and pharmacists from NSW and the ACT are invited to submit an expression of interest. Please note that eligibility conditions apply, including naming the pharmacist(s) who will deliver the service. An expression of interest does not guarantee participation in the trial.
Additional training will be required to participate in the clinical trial. This is to ensure safe clinical care and familiarity with the specific requirements of the trial. The clinical trial team will provide all necessary information once participation is confirmed. Training is available through the Australasian College of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
More information about the trial can be found on the NSW Health information web page.
For immediate advice and incident support, call PDL on 1300 854 838 to speak with one of our Professional Officers. We are here to support our pharmacist members 24/7.