Starting June 1st, 2023, BC pharmacists will have the authority to diagnose and prescribe medications for minor ailments and contraception, which will improve patient access to care.
You can find out more about services offered in other languages in our FAQ below.
Please see our FAQ below. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, or if you want to book an appointment, click on the sub tab of your preferred location.
A minor ailment is a short-term medical condition that is uncomplicated and can be resolved with minimal treatment and or self-care management.
Assessment and prescription for minor ailments include acne, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, etc… for a full list of minor ailments, please visit the official website of the Government of British Columbia.
Be a resident of B.C. with a permanent address in B.C. which can be verified by a B.C. driver’s license, B.C. Services Card or other ID.
Have a B.C. Personal Health Number. B.C. residents with a PHN are eligible, even if you are not covered by or registered with PharmaCare, such as beneficiaries of Non-Insured Health Benefits, Veterans Affairs Canada and Canadian Armed Forces.
Not be covered under PharmaCare Plan B (Long-Term Care).
Have a clinical need for service. You must self-identify as having a minor ailment or a contraception need, and initiate a request for Minor Ailment Contraception Services.
Yes, please call one of our pharmacies to book an appointment or click on the sub tab of your preferred location.
Please bring your BC Services card. During your visit, the pharmacist will ask a series of questions to better determine which therapy (if any) is needed. They may prescribe a treatment, suggest an over-the-counter alternative, or refer you to a physician for further assessment. They may also notify your primary health care provider of the outcome, if applicable.
There is no additional cost or fee.
At this time, BC pharmacists can prescribe oral contraception.