For Immediate Release Sunday, March 3, 2013
Your Pharmacist is Doing More than Ever Before
Dartmouth, NS – Have you ever felt that familiar tingling sensation in your lip, the tell-tale sign of a cold sore coming on, but not had the time to wait in a clinic for a prescription? Pharmacists across Nova Scotia can help.
Cold sores are just one of 31 minor ailments in which pharmacist can assess and prescribe. From allergies to acid reflux, pharmacists can help you with many common conditions.
“Studies have shown that pharmacists are among the most trusted health care providers in this country. We are experts on medications and their effects on the body. It makes sense that we can now provide these services in accessible, convenient and reliable environments,” says Andrew Buffett, Chair of the Board of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia.
A special contest will be running during Pharmacy Awareness Week, where a lucky individual will win $2,500 in travel gift cards. The winner must answer two skill testing questions. One question will require knowing a little bit about the new services pharmacists can provide.
“We encourage everyone to come in and speak to a member of their pharmacy team to learn about the many services pharmacists can provide,” says Allison Bodnar, CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. “If you need travel health advice, a prescription renewed or adapted, or an in-depth review of the medications you are taking, Nova Scotia pharmacists are highly trained to provide these services .”
Visit your local pharmacy to find more about the contest and expanding pharmacy services.
Fees and availability of pharmacy services may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Some of the new services may be covered by your medical plan or, if you are a recipient, the provincial Pharmacare program. Ask your pharmacist for more information.
The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia is the advocacy body for the 1,280 practicing pharmacists in Nova Scotia.
Pharmacy Awareness Week runs March 3 through March 9.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 422-9583, ext 4