Pharmacists have the authority to prescribe for over 20 minor ailments. This means residents have greater access to health care.
These minor ailments include:
- Mild acne
- Hay fever, seasonal allergies
- Cold sores
- Diaper rash
- Insect bites
- Canker sores
- Oral thrush
- Painful periods
- Acid reflux
- Muscle strain and sprains
- Athletes foot, ringworm, groin itch
- Emergency contraception (morning after pill)
- Birth control
- Bladder infections (UTIs)
- Eye infection
- Influenza (pandemic or epidemic situations)
- Nail fungus
- Tobacco Cessation
Women can go to their pharmacist for prescriptions for birth control (hormonal contraception) and uncomplicated bladder infections (UTI's).
What Can I Expect When I Visit My Pharmacist?
When you see your pharmacist for your birth control prescription, you can expect:
1) Your pharmacist will take a medical history
2) May take your blood pressure
Who Can Get a Prescription for Birth Control?*
Most women can but some medical conditions limit when a pharmacist can prescribe. It is recommended that you talk to your pharmacist for more information or check our FAQs for more information.
Who Can Get a Prescription for a Bladder Infection?*
If you've previously had a bladder infection in the past, you can ask your pharmacist for a prescription to treat it. If you haven't had a bladder infection before, you will need to see your physician or nurse practitioner for an initial assessment. Pharmacists can only prescribe for women with uncomplicated bladder infections. They can not prescribe for men with bladder infections.
I Have a Medical Condition, Can I Still Get a Prescription?
Several conditions exclude pharmacists from prescribing for bladder infections. If you do have a medical condition, talk to your pharmacist or see the FAQs for a list of conditions. Your pharmacist will then refer you to your other health care providers. For more information on a pharmacist's prescribing authority, please click here.
*Please note, if you are under the age of 16, for both conditions, residents will need to visit their nurse practitioner or physician.