As announced in September 2022, the scope of practice for pharmacists in BC is widening to include prescriptions for minor ailments and contraception. The Minor Ailments and Contraception Service (MACS) will launch June 1, 2023.

Does Lakeside Medicine Centre prescribe medications?

Starting June 1, pharmacies in BC, including Lakeside Medicine Centre will be developing processes to see patients for assessments and prescriptions. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us.

What kind of drugs can pharmacists prescribe in BC?

As of June 1, BC pharmacists will be able to prescribe several drug classes for minor ailments and contraception including:

  • Topical drugs
  • Intranasal drugs
  • Ophthalmic drugs
  • Gastric acid-reducing drugs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antifungal drugs
  • Antibiotic drugs

For a full list of drug classes that pharmacists will be able to prescribe, see the Government of BC website.

Which conditions can pharmacists prescribe for in BC?

As of June 1, pharmacists will be able to assess patients and prescribe medications for minor ailments and contraception. Common minor ailments include:

  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease 
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nicotine dependance
  • Shingles
  • Urinary tract infections

A full list of minor ailments can be found on the Government of BC website.

Note that your pharmacist can only assess and prescribe medication if:

  • They determine there is a low risk of your symptoms masking an underlying disease, disorder or condition.
  • Your condition can be readily determined without lab work or imaging tests.
  • Your condition can be reasonably expected to resolve with short-term or episodic treatment.

In addition, your pharmacist may still need to refer you to a physician if:

  • They deem your condition is beyond their scope or practice, knowledge or skills.
  • They believe your condition requires further assessment and treatment to address your long-term health.
  • Your symptoms are indicative of another disease or disorder that has not yet been diagnosed.

How do I get a prescription from my pharmacist?

Lakeside Medicine Centre is currently working hard to develop processes for assessing patients and prescribing for minor ailments and contraception. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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