Pharmacists authorized to dispense antibiotics without a prescription in cases of angina and cystitis

Pharmacists authorized to dispense antibiotics without a prescription in cases of angina and cystitis
Pharmacists authorized to dispense antibiotics without a prescription in cases of angina and cystitis

Pharmacists are now authorized to dispense antibiotics without a prescription in cases of angina and cystitis (urinary tract infection). An implementing decree of the 2024 Social Security financing law, which planned to grant this new prerogative to pharmacists, was published this Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in the Official Journal.

A test beforehand

Pharmacists can now dispense medications for angina and cystitis without a prescription after “carrying out a diagnostic orientation test” (Trod) to attest to the bacterial origin. They will be able to deliver antibiotics against bacterial angina caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus and against “acute uncomplicated cystitis in women”.

The delivery of medications remains conditional on a rapid oropharyngeal test for angina and a urine test for cystitis.

These tests are also subject to conditions of age and symptoms (no high fever, not being pregnant for example), specifies The Parisian.

Already since the beginning of August, pharmacists or midwives can prescribe and administer certain vaccines, such as flu or certain compulsory vaccine boosters.

A measure criticized

If the measure – welcomed by pharmacists – aims in particular to relieve congestion in doctors’ offices by broadening their skills, doctors’ unions, including MG France, FMF or Generalists-CSMF, denounce a policy of “replastering”a “patch” or one “hide misery”which neglects “the whole problem posed by the medical shortage », reports The Doctor’s Daily . “It’s a total misunderstanding of our profession. And it is dangerous for patients in the event of complications”notably alerted Dr Patricia Lefébure, president of the FMF.

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