Ontario pharmacists can now prescribe treatments for 13 common ailments

The Canadian Press

Ontarians with 13 common ailments can skip the doctor’s office and head straight to the pharmacist to get a prescription.

The provincial government says as of January 1, 2023, pharmacists have the power to prescribe treatments for conditions that include pink eye, hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections.

The province says residents need only bring their health card to a participating pharmacy. 

Both Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall said their pharmacists would be ready to provide the service today.

But the head of the Ontario Pharmacists Association said people should expect a bit of a ramp-up period.

Justin Bates says Ontarians should call their pharmacies or visit their websites to find out if they’re ready to make prescriptions. 

The provincial government says the new program comes at no extra cost to Ontarians and will free up doctors to treat more complex medical conditions.