Using a Community based Pharmacy has its benefits.
Submitted by: Yvonne Dobronyi
Here are some advantages;
The pharmacy understands you and your health status on a more personal level. They can provide one to one guidance and consultations to ensure you make the best-informed decisions for yourself and take time to educate you on possible side effects.
Pharmacy teams are part of your community and work closely with your family Doctor to make sure they dispense the correct medications, and present these medications in a safe colour coded detachable casing which reduces the risk of you making an error when taking your medications.
If you’re unable to pick your medications up or you have an urgent medication request they deliver medications to your doorstep and that includes, community, retirement home locations, and Long-Term Care homes. The team wants to ensure you’ll always receive your medications on time so you’re comfortable and not at risk.
Another benefit to your community Pharmacy is they can check your vitals, administer flu shots and vaccinations directly on site which is convenient and hassle free.
Quality personal customer service is another great reason to use these Pharmacies. They ensure you receive your prescriptions in a timely manner, recommend over the counter products, therapy’s, and focus on providing cost effective medications.
It’s also important to know that as of January 1, 2023, pharmacists in Ontario are authorized to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments including:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Candidal stomatitis (oral thrush)
- Conjunctivitis (bacterial, allergic and viral)
- Dermatitis (atopic, eczema, allergic and contact)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Herpes labialis (cold sores)
- Insect bites and urticaria (hives)
- Tick bites, post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease
- Musculoskeletal sprains and strains
- Urinary tract infections (uncomplicated)
Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to find out what healthcare services they offer and whether they are right for their needs. Having the legislated authority to prescribe for minor ailments does not mean all pharmacists must offer or provide this service.
So, when you need a prescription filled, think about using your community Pharmacy. j Here is are a few examples of community based pharmacies:
303 King Street East, Hamilton
Elgin Care Pharmacy
1650 Elgin Mills Road East,
They deliver all across Ontario. Call them at: 905 527-9138
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