Urinary tract infection in women

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very common type of infection in your urinary system. A UTI can involve any part of your urinary system, including the urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. Symptoms typically include needing to urinate often, having pain when urinating and feeling pain in your side or lower back. As its consequences can be serious, it is important to remedy it quickly.

Our pharmacists can help by giving you advice to avoid recurrences and, if conditions allow, prescribe antibiotic treatment to help treat your infection.


Eligibility criteria and details

A pharmacist MAY prescribe a medication for the treatment of urinary tract infection in women when this condition has been treated no more than once in the last 6 months and no more than twice in the last 12 months if:

  • The patient has already been diagnosed by a healthcare professional qualified to prescribe.
  • A prescription for the condition has already been written.

The pharmacist CANNOT prescribe a medication if:

  • More than 5 years have passed since the last prescribed treatment.
  • The patient has had more than one treatment (two or more) in the last 6 months and more than 2 treatments (three or more) in the last 12 months.

Unless there is clinical justification or a supply shortage, the pharmacist should normally re-prescribe the drug listed on the reference prescription. When prescribing a different drug, the pharmacist should ensure that the drug prescribed is in a class of drugs of equal or lesser potency than the one originally prescribed.

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