Ontario Pharmacists can prescribe for 19 common ailments

To offer Ontarians more convenient choices for accessing health care, Ontario has expanded the list of common ailments pharmacists can assess and prescribe certain medications.

These common ailments are:

  • hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • oral thrush (candidal stomatitis)
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis; bacterial, allergic and viral)
  • dermatitis (atopic, eczema, allergic and contact)
  • menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)
  • acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD))
  • hemorrhoids
  • cold sores (herpes labialis)
  • impetigo
  • insect bites and hives
  • tick bites (post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease)
  • sprains and strains (musculoskeletal)
  • urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • acne
  • canker sores
  • diaper rash
  • yeast infections
  • parasitic works (pinworms and threadworms)
  • nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

Prescribing is optional. Contact your pharmacy before visiting and remember to bring your health card.

Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/pharmacies for more information on the types of health care services you can get through your local pharmacy.