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NSW Govt makes trial of UTI treatment at pharmacies permanent

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The NSW Government has made its trial of UTI treatment from pharmacies permanent, after the program benefited 16,000 women.
The NSW Government has made its trial of UTI treatment from pharmacies permanent, after the program benefited 16,000 women.

Women in NSW will permanently be able to access UTI treatment (urinary tract infections) at pharmacies from 1 June.

This comes after the NSW Government completed a successful trial, which it said 16,000 women benefited from.

Prior to the trial, women needed a referral from a GP.

Eligibility for UTI treatment at pharmacies

From 1 June, women aged between 18 and 65 with symptoms of an uncomplicated UTI, who haven’t had one recently, will be able to go directly to a pharmacist for treatment.

Pharmacists must undergo training before they can prescribe the medication.

Over a thousand pharmacies participated in the trial.

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NSW Health Minister Ryan Park said the initiative would take “pressure off GPs”.

Pharmacy Guild NSW President David Heffernan supported the measure, saying women would “benefit from easy access to treatment”.

Shadow Health Minister Matt Kean told TDA the Govt should expand the initiative to other common conditions like asthma and earaches.

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