Several states have recently passed legislation that pharmacists have prescriptive authority for uncomplicated urinary tract infections. Some states have protocols in place; others do not. Current best practices for UTI treatment revolve around the Infectious Diseases Society of America or the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Our recommendations consider the guidelines developed by both groups with protocols developed by specific state boards of pharmacy.
To exercise prescriptive authority, patients must be screened, and those who are low-risk are eligible for prescriptive authority. Inclusion criteria are the conditions necessary to proceed with prescriptive authority. Exclusion criteria indicate the patient has conditions that place them into a higher risk criterion and should be referred to a physician. Please check with your state board to see if their guidelines are in unity with our recommendations.