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Did you know that Pharmacist can now prescribe for 13 minor medical conditions listed below
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Proposed regulatory amendments to authorize Part A pharmacists, students and interns in Ontario to prescribe medications for certain minor ailments have been approved. This expansion of scope of practice comes into effect on January 1, 2023, and will apply to the following conditions:

  • 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 sores)

  • Impetigo

  • Insect bites and urticaria (hives)

  • Tick bites, post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease

  • Musculoskeletal sprains and strains

  • Urinary tract infections (uncomplicated)

Minor ailments are described as health conditions that can be managed with minimal treatment and/or self-care strategies. Additional criteria include:

  • Usually a short-term condition

  • Lab results aren’t usually required

  • Low risk of treatment masking underlying conditions

  • Medications and medical histories can reliably differentiate more serious conditions

  • Only minimal or short-term follow-up is required

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