Pharmacists in Saskatchewan are now able to prescribe some minor ailment prescriptions.
“Those are things that are actually very common, but not necessarily things that would make a trip to the emergency room,” said Rose Kehrit, pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart in Moose Jaw. “So it actually saves the customer or patient a lot of time and it also saves the health care system a lot of money because we don’t have to have all those trips to the doctor.”
She said some of the most common examples of minor ailments include insect bites, diaper rashes, cold sores, canker sores and seasonal allergies.
“They’re conditions that are generally found all over the place,” said Kehrit. “Now we can actually prescribe agents that are prescriptions for them and help people out that way.”
She added people with minor ailments don’t have to go to the doctor’s office for something they know they have. For example, she said pharmacists could prescribe medication to clear diaper rash as opposed to waiting in the doctor’s office for a lengthy period of time.
For more information, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Herald.