Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs): Assessing and Prescribing

This service is free with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card at all pharmacies. Contact your local pharmacy to ask if they have appointments available.

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Pharmacists are able to prescribe for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI), often referred to as bladder infections. In order to be assessed by a pharmacist you must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • have been assigned the sex of female at birth
  • have been previously diagnosed with the condition at least once before
  • have not had a UTI in the past 6 months

Your pharmacist will ask you a series of questions to determine if your infection is uncomplicated or not. If they determine you have an uncomplicated infection, your pharmacist can prescribe an antibiotic based on local guidelines and your specific needs.

Pharmacists will be up to date on the antibiotics that are showing resistance (not effective) in your area and select the one that is right for you based on your medical conditions, allergies and past history.

You will not be required to provide a urine sample at a pharmacy.

If your infection does not meet the criteria for an uncomplicated UTI, your pharmacist will refer you to a physician or nurse practitioner for further testing.

Your pharmacist will follow-up with you after your treatment begins to assess how it is working for you.

Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed.  If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.  

There is no cost to you for this service when you present your Nova Scotia Health Card.**

All pharmacy services are provided in clinic rooms to protect your privacy.  Pharmacists are required by law and their code of ethics to keep your information confidential.
Talk to a member of your pharmacy team to learn more about this and other pharmacy services they provide.

**Medication costs are in addition to this service and may be covered by your insurance provider.