Patients face return trips to doctor under proposed ban on antibiotic repeat prescriptions

ABC News

9 October 2019 - A ban on repeat prescriptions for antibiotics could be just weeks away, according to Australia's chief medical officer.

Currently, when you are prescribed an antibiotic like Keflex or amoxicillin by your doctor, they come with an automatic repeat prescription.

But the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has recommended removing those repeat options when they are not medically necessary.That would mean patients would have to see their doctor again, and potentially face additional consultation fees, if they required a repeat script.

Australia's chief medical officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, said the change could be the best way to crack down on the spread of superbugs.

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