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Minor Ailments2023-07-18T13:02:40-05:00

Get Assessments and Prescriptions for Minor Ailments in Ontario

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Get prescriptions for minor ailments in Ontario without seeing a doctor! One quick visit to our pharmacists will get you an assessment and appropriate treatment for your minor ailment. As of January 1st, 2023, your pharmacist can prescribe prescription medication for most common illnesses. Give us a call and see how we can help you.

What Is a Minor Ailment?

A minor ailment is, typically, a short-term condition that requires minimal treatment, which can include self-care strategies, over-the-counter drugs, or prescription medications that your pharmacist prescribes. The assessment of minor illnesses does not necessitate blood work or lab tests. Some additional criteria for establishing a minor ailment are:

  • No medication or medical history that indicates a more serious condition
  • Low risk that the treatment provided by your pharmacist may mask more serious underlying health conditions

Our pharmacists are trained to assess and prescribe treatment for minor ailments in Ontario and will refer you to a doctor in case your illness does not qualify as a minor ailment.

What Ailments Can Pharmacists Write Prescriptions For?

Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 202/94: General, pharmacists from Everest Whole Health Pharmacy can prescribe medication for:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Candidal stomatitis (oral thrush)
  • Conjunctivitis (bacterial, allergic, and viral)
  • Dermatitis (atopic, eczema, allergic, and contact)
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes labialis (cold sore)
  • Impetigo
  • Insect bites and urticaria (hives)
  • Tick bites, post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease
  • Musculoskeletal sprains and strains
  • Urinary tract infections (uncomplicated)


Can pharmacists take a course for minor ailments prescribing?2023-03-14T12:53:19-05:00

Yes, pharmacists can take a course for common ailments prescribing. Moreover, all pharmacists that intend to prescribe medications are obligated to complete the Mandatory Orientation for Minor Ailments (Ailment) Prescribing module conducted by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

How can a pharmacist prescribe medications for minor illnesses without lab tests?2023-03-14T09:47:57-05:00