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Pharmacists able to prescribe for 13 common ailments as of Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, 2023, Ontarians will be able to stop in at pharmacies across the province to receive prescriptions for 13 common ailments such as rashes, pink eye, insect bites and urinary tract infections with just their health card.

This service, announced by the Ontario government today, removes the need for a doctor’s office visit and will come at no extra cost to Ontarians.

In addition to providing more convenience, pharmacy prescribing will also help free-up doctors to provide care for more complex needs. The changes are being made in partnership with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

“Empowering pharmacists to use their expertise to assess and treat minor ailments helps patients get the care they need sooner and closer to home – but the benefits go much further,” says Justin Bates, CEO, Ontario Pharmacists Association. “It reduces demand on hospitals, emergency departments, walk-in clinics and family physicians. It also frees up time for our healthcare partners, allowing doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to focus on more complex care cases.””

Pharmacists will be able to offer prescriptions for:
– hay fever (allergic rhinitis);
– oral thrush (candidal stomatitis);
– pink eye (conjunctivitis; bacterial, allergic and viral);
– dermatitis (atopic, eczema, allergic and contact);
– menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea);
– acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD));
– hemorrhoids;
– cold sores (herpes labialis);
– impetigo;
– insect bites and hives;
– tick bites (post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease);
– sprains and strains (musculoskeletal); and
– urinary tract infections (UTIs).

With a large, provincewide footprint, pharmacist prescribing will help to increase access to care in rural parts of Ontario.

 

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