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June 19, 2015

Pharmacists can prescribe medications when no diagnosis is needed

Your family pharmacists are authorized to offer certain services in order to facilitate your access to health-related care. They can, for example, prescribe a treatment for eleven health problems that do not require a doctor’s diagnosis.  

Here is the list of these ailments1:

Categories Ailments

Women’s Health

Travel Health

Preventive Treatments

  • Prophylactic antibiotic treatment in valve carriers
  • Prophylactic cytoprotective treatment (for the stomach) for at-risk patients


 1 Ailment: Change in state of health, disease. Also called a minor condition.
 2 Prophylaxis: Medical means (including drugs) used to prevent the onset, deterioration or spread of diseases.
 3 Excludes prescriptions for dexamethasone (oral corticosteroids) and sildenafil.
 4 Excludes prescriptions for varenicline and bupropion

You can go to the pharmacy and meet with your family pharmacist to receive a prescription for any of these eleven ailments. Please note that you may need to book an appointment  to avail yourself of this service. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more information. Some Uniprix-affiliated pharmacies offer an online appointment booking service. Click here to find the nearest sales location offering this service. 

Keep in mind that the pharmacist can, at any time, refuse to prescribe a medication if he or she feels your health condition warrants a consultation with a doctor.


Case examples

Case # 1: Melanie is six weeks pregnant. She suffers from nausea during the day. She would like a medication to get relief, but her first prenatal visit with the doctor is two weeks away.

Solution:  After a consultation with her, the pharmacist can prescribe a safe medication to alleviate her pregnancy-related nausea.

Case #2: Peter is getting ready for his trip to Cuba. He goes to the pharmacy for medication against traveller’s diarrhea. Other than diabetes, he is in good health.

Solution: After analyzing Peter’s file, the pharmacist decides to prescribe a safe medication to treat traveller’s diarrhea should he get it, while providing him with general advice on preventing this ailment. 


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