Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments

This service is free with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card at your local Community Pharmacy Primary Care Clinic. Click Here to book an appointment.

 

Pharmacists in Nova Scotia can assess and prescribe for the following minor ailments: 

GASTROINTESTINAL

  • Diarrhea (non-infectious)
  • Acid Reflux 
  • Heart Burn 
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nausea

HEAD/ NOSE/ THROAT

  • Hay Fever
  • Cough related to COVID-19
  • Headache (mild)
  • Oral Thrush
  • Oral Ulcers
  • Sore Throat
  • Dry eyes
  • Pink Eye 

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • Hormonal Contraception/Birth Control (click for more information)
  • Menstrual Cramps 
  • Emergency Birth Control 
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection 

DERMATOLOGICAL

  • Acne (mild)
  • Calluses and Corns
  • Cold Sore
  • Contact Allergic Dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Eczema (mild to moderate)
  • Impetigo
  • Hives (mild)
  • Warts (excluding facial and genital)

OTHER

  • Joint Pain (minor)
  • Muscle Pain (minor)
  • Sleep Disorders (minor)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Threadworms and Pinworms

OTHER ITEMS NOT COVERED BY NS HEALTH CARD: Vaccines that are not currently publicly funded (ex. Shingles vaccine, hepatitis A and B) | Malaria prevention medication


FAQ

  • WHAT IS A MINOR AILMENT?
    • A condition that can be managed with minimal treatment and/or self-care strategies
    • Usually a short-term condition
    • Does not require any blood work or lab tests
    • Can be managed by your pharmacist at the pharmacy
    • Not intended to replace regular visits with your primary care provider
      • A minor ailment can be treated with self-care treatments, over-the-counter medication treatments, or prescription medications
  • Do all pharmacies in Nova Scotia offer minor ailment assessment and prescribing services?
    • Most, but not all, pharmacies in Nova Scotia provide minor ailment assessment and prescribing services.
  • Will I need to pay to have a minor ailment assessed?
    • Fees vary by pharmacy. Minor Ailment Assessment/Prescribing is provided at CPPCC locations at no charge to the patient with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card.