The role of the pharmacist

Customized health services offered at the pharmacy

Your pharmacist affiliated with Accès pharma is a health professional who is accessible and available. In addition to accompanying you as you care for your health, they are always there to answer your questions, counsel you and guide you towards the right treatment for various issues. Discover all the things your pharmacist can do to help you take care of your health.

Are you experiencing some minor health problems? 

Do you have questions regarding your health?

Has your prescription expired and you are unable to see your doctor before your treatment ends? 

Is your new treatment having adverse side effects? 

Would you like to be vaccinated against the flu?  

Contact your pharmacist.

Available seven days a week, they are there to answer your questions and help you take care of your health issues. When it comes to your health, your pharmacist is a valuable ally. The following is an overview of all the things they can do for you. 

Your pharmacist can prescribe medication for minor issues or when no diagnosis is required 

Since the passing of Bill 31, your pharmacist can do much more for your health. Here is a quick look at the conditions for which your pharmacist can prescribe treatment. 

Treatment of minor health issues already diagnosed in the past: 

  • Recent urinary tract infection (UTI) in women
  • Diaper rash
  • Eczema 
  • Allergic conjunctivitis 
  • Allergic rhinitis (nasal inflammation due to allergies) 
  • Minor acne
  • Yeast infection (vaginitis)
  • Oral herpes 
  • Oral ulcers
  • Oral thrush 
  • Menstrual pain
  • Hemorrhoids

In order for your pharmacist to order a treatment for any of the above issues, a prescription must already have been written to you for the issue in question during the last two to five years (the number of years varies depending on the condition). Your pharmacist must also evaluate the state of your health before prescribing any treatments again. In case of doubt, feel free to contact your pharmacist. 

Treatment and prevention of other health problems

Below are a few examples of other issues for which your pharmacist, once they’ve gone over your situation, could start a new medication therapy with you to prevent or treat certain health problems.*

Women’s and children’s health
Travel clinic 
  • Vertigo prevention (fear of heights) 
  • Malaria prevention
  • Treatment of traveller’s diarrhea 
Treatments meant to prevent certain specific conditions 
  • Influenza (prevention if you are showing signs and symptoms of the flu and are at risk for complications)
  • HIV postexposure prophylaxis (HIV PEP)
  • Antibiotic prevention for prosthetic valve wearers (preceding surgery, similar to a dentist’s appointment) 
  • Antibiotic prevention for persons bitten by a tick (Lyme disease)
Nausea and vomiting management
  • Prevention of nausea and vomiting
  • Treatment of light or moderate vomiting 
Other situations 
  • Treatment of shingles (except when symptoms affect the head)
  • Treatment of allergic contact dermatitis
  • Treatment of stomach pain (dyspepsia) and gastroesophageal reflux

* Conditions apply. Contact your pharmacist for advice specific to your situation.

Your pharmacist provides vaccination services

Your pharmacist may now immunize you. Many vaccines are available, against the flu, shingles, hepatitis and more. You can book an appointment at a time slot that suits you best and take advantage of this service when you pick up your prescriptions and other products at the pharmacy. Availability of immunization services may vary from one pharmacy to the other. To check availability and for details, contact your pharmacy. 

Your pharmacist can assist you in monitoring your health 

Chronic Illness Management 

Do you have hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, migraines, hypothyroidism or another chronic illness? Your pharmacist is there to support you when it comes to following up on and treating your condition. Personalized programs are provided at the pharmacy. Click here to find out more.   

Automated Blood Pressure Measurement

A blood pressure measurement kiosk is at your disposal at your Accès pharma pharmacy. That way, you can easily measure your blood pressure. Please note, however, that due to the COVID-19 crisis, these machines may temporarily be out of service. For any questions or concerns, ask the team at your pharmacy. Click here to find out more. 

Diabetes Management and Blood Sugar Measurement

Are you living with diabetes? Your pharmacist can support you in managing this medical condition. They are there for you, not just to help you follow your treatments and adjust them if need be, but also to provide you with personalized guidance to better support you as you manage your diabetes and your overall health. Your pharmacy offers many other related services as well**, such as measuring your glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels or monitoring your blood sugar. Contact your pharmacist to receive their advice and to find out more.   

** Service availability may vary from one pharmacy to another. 

Feel free to discuss these services with your pharmacist and their team the next time you go to the pharmacy. Many services are available even without an appointment. Ask for details and conditions at your pharmacy. 

Your pharmacist offers nursing services in the pharmacy  

The following is a glimpse of the services provided by a nurse: 

  • Ear cleanings (in case of blockage due to earwax)
  • Medication injections (with a prescription) and necessary guidance for administering medication at home
  • Blood sample collection (with a prescription from your doctor or pharmacist)
  • Vaccinations (e.g. flu, shingles, hepatitis) 
  • And much more

Please note that availability of nursing services varies from one pharmacy to another. We ask you to please contact your pharmacy for details and conditions. 

In case of any doubt regarding your health or to find out if your pharmacist can help you, do feel free to contact them and their team. 

This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and Accès pharma affiliated pharmacist-owners cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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