Pharmacists offer more than just pills

It’s true—pharmacists are highly trained medication experts. But they are also so much more. As a key partner in your health, your pharmacist is a valuable resource, ready to answer your questions and recommend treatment for everyday ailments, in order to help keep you feeling your best.

In fact, pharmacists offer a number of services beyond dispensing medication. Here's a list of 10 services your pharmacist offers that you may not know about!

Not to mention, in most cases, you won’t have to worry about making an appointment, as many pharmacists are available 24 hours a day.  And of course, with an in-depth knowledge of hundreds of medications, your pharmacist is also a great resource in helping you understand and manage your medications. They will make sure you receive the right drug and dose at the right time and that you are aware of any possible side effects and interactions.

However, currently, Ontario is one of only a few provinces that does not allow patients to visit their pharmacist to treat common or minor ailments – a service which can help redirect non-critical patients away from crowded emergency rooms and doctors’ offices. In fact, pharmacists in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador all have the authority to prescribe for various common ailments. Find out more.

Tomorrow's Pharmacist

While pharmacists play a critical role in the health care of all Ontarians, there is still much more they can do. To help create a better healthcare system and to ensure that pharmacists of today—and tomorrow—are able to make the best use of their skills and provide high quality, accessible and affordable health care, we are focused on:

  • extending pharmacy-based smoking cessation programs to all Ontarians who want to quit.
  • enabling pharmacists to assess and treat common ailments such as pink eye or athlete’s foot.
  • enabling patients to receive medication therapy initiated by pharmacists.
  • protecting patients’ right to choose their pharmacy provider.
  • enhancing medication management by allowing pharmacists to perform point-of-care testing in pharmacies.

Read more about the key policy areas that need our support.

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