Overview

Pharmacies fill drug prescriptions and offer medication counselling to all members of the community.

In addition to filling drug prescriptions, many pharmacies offer one-on-one counselling to help you quit smoking or manage diabetes. Many also administer vaccines including the flu shot, from specially trained pharmacists to people five years of age and older.

Services

May vary by location:

  • prescription dispensing services
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • diabetes management support and education
  • MedsCheck Program
  • flu vaccinations (if you’re older than 5 years old)
  • special packaging options for medications
  • home health care supplies
  • mobility aids and safety equipment
  • delivery of prescriptions

Pharmacy specific programs

MedsCheck Program

If you are taking multiple medications, the MedsCheck Program, available at most pharmacies, helps ensure that you are getting the most benefit from your medications and that you are taking them as prescribed.

Anyone taking a minimum of three medications and who has an Ontario health card is eligible for the MedsCheck Program.

Smoking Cessation Program

If you want to quit smoking, you might be eligible to receive one-on-one support and counselling from a pharmacist as part of the Smoking Cessation Program.

Anyone who is eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit plan can enroll in the Smoking Cessation program. It involves completing a readiness assessment and consultation, as well as a year of counselling sessions. The Smoking Cessation Program is part of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy.

When to use this option

  • you need to have a prescription filled
  • you need help quitting smoking
  • you are looking for advice about managing diabetes
  • you are taking multiple medications and want counselling
  • you need vaccines including the flu shot

Referrals

You do not need a referral to use this service.

Appointments

You may need to book an appointment. Contact your local pharmacy to confirm.

Fees

There is a fee for some services. Contact your local pharmacy for more details.