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Our pharmacists can now prescribe for minor ailments.

For relief when you need it, talk to one of our pharmacists.

B.C. Pharmacists are now able to prescribe for contraception and a number of minor ailments. With easier access and less waiting time, you can feel better quicker.

Minor ailments

British Columbians now have easier access to prescriptions for certain minor ailments and contraception by seeking treatment directly from a pharmacist as part of PharmaCare’s Minor Ailments and Contraception Service (MACS).

You can see one of our pharmacists to get assessed and treated for the following conditions:

  • Allergies (allergic rhinitis)
  • Cold sores
  • Fungal infections
  • Heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Headaches
  • Impetigo
  • Indigestion (upset stomach)
  • Itching, including from bug bites
  • Menstrual pain
  • Mild acne
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Oral fungal infections (thrush)
  • Oral ulcers (canker sores)
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Shingles
  • Sprains and strains
  • Skin rash (dermatitis)
  • Threadworms or pinworms
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal candidiasis (yeast infection)



Pharmacists can prescribe and provide many types of contraception, including the following, which are free in B.C.:

  • The pill
  • Copper intrauterine devices (IUDs)*
  • Hormonal IUDs*
  • An implant*
  • An injection (pharmacist can also administer)
  • Morning-after pill (no prescription or appointment needed)

*While the pharmacist can provide IUDs and implants, you will need to arrange a visit with a doctor or clinic for insertion.

To book an appointment, please call the pharmacy (604-261-0333), drop in to the pharmacy, or go to the following website:

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