Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ontario is expanding pharmacists’ prescription coverage to include 6 more common diseases

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Ontario residents can now get treatments and medications for six more common ailments at pharmacies across the province

Ontario residents can now get treatments and medications for six more common ailments at pharmacies across the province.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced the move. He said, “By expanding the list of common ailments that pharmacists can treat, people will now have the quick and convenient services they need close at hand. It will also reduce patient waiting times at our community clinics and hospitals.

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Six new ailments – acne, fungal infections, diaper rash, yeast infections, parasitic worms and nausea – will join the existing list of 16 ailments. The new list is available on the Ministry’s website.

Ontario pharmacists have been able to dispense prescriptions for common ailments since the beginning of this year. According to the Ministry of Health, 89 percent of the province’s pharmacies have joined the program and have evaluated more than four lakh patients.

Jones emphasized Saturday that residents only need to show their OHIP card to receive the service, “never a credit card.”

“That will never change under Premier Ford,” he said.

Recent changes in the province have allowed pharmacists to prescribe certain injection and inhalation treatments, such as insulin, B-12 shots or osteoporosis.

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