Our pharmacist can prescribe for minor ailments
Now available! Our Save-On-Foods pharmacists are now able to prescribe for your minor ailments and chronic conditions.

This new service will allow you and your family to receive fast, professional, and convenient care all from our pharmacy counter. Your pharmacists can be an active partner in supporting your health and wellbeing. Our pharmacists will assess your minor ailment or chronic condition and be able write you a prescription on the spot. This may include the following:
  • Acne
  • Acid reflux
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Allergies
  • Cold Sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Diaper Rash
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Eczema
  • Fungal Infections
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Insect Bites
  • Muscle Skeletal Pain
  • Nicotine Dependence
  • Oral Thrush
  • Pin Worms
  • Shingles
  • Skin Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections

For BC Residents
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For Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon Residents

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Pharmacist expanded scope is by Province. Some restrictions may apply and vary by Province.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can utilize this service?
• A permanent BC resident. Please provide a government issued ID such as a BC Services Card or BC Driver’s License

What is a minor ailment?
• A minor ailment is a medical condition that is abrupt, non-lingering, and only requires short-term treatment. They are typically common health conditions that people may experience from time to time such as headaches, allergies, colds, and minor skin irritations. Some examples of what your Save-On-Foods Pharmacist can prescribe for are listed above.

What is the cost of this service?
• The initial consultation does not require a fee. Costs may be associated with receiving your prescription based on your health insurance and coverage.

Why can a Pharmacist prescribe for minor ailments?
• Pharmacists have the skills, qualifications, and expertise required to assess minor ailments in patients and determine a correct treatment plan. They are medication experts and play an important role in the management and monitoring of your medications to ensure it is a safe and effective treatment option for you. This service can be especially helpful for those who do not have a family doctor or who prefer to manage their health concerns with the help of a Pharmacist.

Where can I book an appointment?
• Walk-ins are welcome based on availability. It is recommended that you call ahead of time or book an appointment to ensure our pharmacists will be able to see you in a timely and efficient manner. Speak to your pharmacist for more details.

When will I receive my prescription?
• Following a thorough assessment by one of our pharmacists, they will determine the appropriate course of action which may include writing a prescription on the spot, recommending an off-the-shelf solution, or referring you to a doctor or urgent care clinic.

How can I prepare for my visit?
• Have your Provincial Health & Services Card handy. Wear appropriate clothing if required for the pharmacist to perform a thorough assessment. Come ready with questions, concerns, and any relevant information that could be helpful for your assessment.

What other services can Pharmacists provide?
• Pharmacists can also renew certain prescription refills, change medication for easier administration, provide smoking cessation services, administer vaccines, and help manage medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. The role of the Pharmacist is constantly evolving. There may be additional roles and responsibilities that Pharmacists can take on in the future.