ONTARIO PHARMACIES WILL BE ABLE TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS FOR 13 COMMON AILMENTS AS OF JAN. 1
Dec 28, 2022
By Bob Komsic
As of Sunday, you’ll be able to get a prescription filled for some of the most common ailments at the pharmacy without visiting your doctor.
The list of 13 illnesses include hay fever, oral thrush, pink eye, dermatitis, menstrual cramps, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, cold sores, impetigo, insect bites and hives, tick bites, sprain and strains, and urinary tract infections.
The service will be free for anyone with an OHIP card.
Health Minister Sylvia Jones says in a statement the change ”increases your access to the care you need closer to home.”
Expanding the ability of pharmacists to provide care is one more way we’re putting people at the centre of our health care system, making it easier, faster and more convenient to access health care in their community,” she adds.
The head of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Justin Bates, says the move also ”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.”
As of mid December, pharmacists have been allowed to prescribe Paxlovid; an anti-viral COVID treatment, without a prescription from a physician.