Ontario pharmacists minor ailments
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This fall Ontario pharmacists will be able to prescribe medicines for a greater number of conditions. However, some pharmacists are warning that the current demands are too onerous in a high-volume pharmacy environment and they lack the incentive to take on prescribing work.

In January, the Ontario health ministry kicked off its program to allow pharmacists to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments, including allergies, acid reflux, hemorrhoids, insect bites and sprains. 

The ministry will add six more minor ailments in October, enabling pharmacists to prescribe for conditions including mild acne, canker sores and yeast infections.

“I feel for my colleagues at the large chain stores,” said Adam Silvertown, who owns Pace Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Toronto. “Some pharmacies may have to find a way to better balance their staffing.”

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Julie Carl has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, most recently as a senior editor at the Toronto Star. Julie started her journalism career at small-town Ontario newspapers. She then served...