Nova Scotians with a valid health card can visit a pharmacist for certain medical services. There’s no cost for seeing a pharmacist for an assessment, though you may need to pay for prescriptions.
Nova Scotians can see a pharmacist for:
These services are available at any pharmacy.
For all services, you must be a Nova Scotia resident with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card. If you don’t have a health card, you need to use private insurance or pay the pharmacy directly.
Nova Scotians living in a long-term care facility (like a nursing home or home for special care) are not eligible for these services.
Eligible pharmacy services
Pharmacists can prescribe refills for most prescription medications for up to 6 months when appropriate. They can’t prescribe refills for narcotics or controlled drugs.
You can get up to 4 assessments a year (a year is counted as a 365-day period from your first assessment).
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Pharmacists can assess and prescribe treatment only for uncomplicated UTIs in women aged 16 or older.
You can get up to 2 assessments a year (a year is counted as a 365-day period from your first assessment).
If there are other factors that are complicating your UTI, the pharmacist may tell you to see a doctor or nurse practitioner for assessment and treatment. If you’re male, or if you’re female and younger than 16, you must see a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Pharmacists can be your primary provider of contraception, including ongoing management of your contraception needs.
Each year, you can get:
A year is counted as the 365-day period from your first assessment.
Herpes zoster (shingles)
Pharmacists can assess and prescribe for herpes zoster (shingles).
You can get up to 2 assessments a year.
Lyme disease prevention
Pharmacists can assess and prescribe an antibiotic for the prevention of Lyme disease. Your pharmacist can discuss this option with you. The assessment will include whether the tick that bit you was a blacklegged tick, whether the tick was removed in the previous 72 hours and whether the tick was attached for at least 36 hours. You can also submit photos of ticks through eTick.ca for identification of the tick if you are unsure.
There is no cost for getting an assessment from a pharmacist, as long as you haven’t used your maximum benefits for the year.
Prescriptions and dispensing fees for drugs the pharmacist gives you may be covered by your individual public or private drug coverage, if you have it.
If you have questions about any of these services, talk to your pharmacist.