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To connect with a BC Pharmacy Association spokesperson for comments on issues, news releases or for general media inquiries, please contact:

Angie Gaddy
Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (604) 542-3251

Media Releases

– B.C. pharmacists ready to prescribe for minor ailments and contraception

(Vancouver) May 31, 2023 — Starting tomorrow, June 1, community pharmacists across British Columbia will be able to prescribe for contraception and many minor ailments, like indigestion, cold sores, mild acne, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections. This expanded access means British Columbians can visit a local pharmacy to see their pharmacist for a prescription for any one of 21 minor ailments or contraception. This change helps relieve the burden on the B.C.’s primary care system and emergency rooms and allows patients convenient access to get treatment for common ailments. “Pharmacists...

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– Keep yourself and family healthy during unprecedented demand for cough and cold medications

With limited supply of cough and cold medications in some parts of Canada, it's important to take additional measures to keep you and your family safe, says the BC Pharmacy Association. “This season, we have seen a surge in respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, influenza and RSV. It’s even more important now, when supplies of cough and cold medications are limited, to do everything we can to keep ourselves safe,” says Chris Chiew, President of the BC Pharmacy Association. “During the pandemic, many of us learned how to take precautions against getting sick. This includes frequent hand...

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– B.C. Pharmacists ready and able to provide patients more access to primary care services

(Vancouver) Sept. 29, 2022 — Today, Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced changes that provide patients better access to critical medications, and B.C.’s community pharmacists are ready to provide much needed additional support to these patients. Starting Oct. 14, 2022, pharmacists across British Columbia will be able to renew prescriptions for a wider range of medications – except cancer chemotherapy medications – so that British Columbians can be assured they will be able to access the medication they need in a timely fashion and ensure continuity of their treatment. These changes will...

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– Poll finds more than half of British Columbians who have received two doses don’t plan to get their booster immediately

(Vancouver) Feb. 10, 2022 — The BC Pharmacy Association is calling on British Columbians to make their booster appointments after a new poll found more than half of those who have already received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not planning to make appointments to get their booster shots right away. In a survey commissioned by the Association and conducted by Ipsos between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, 2022, 56% of respondents who have already had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine say they are not planning to get their booster right away. Among this group nearly half say they will get the booster shot...

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– Individuals who received 1st dose of AstraZeneca outside of pharmacies can attend pharmacies for 2nd dose

Patients who received their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 at a pop-up clinic or other location outside of pharmacy can now go to a community pharmacy to receive a second dose of the vaccine. There are more than 70,000 British Columbians who received their first dose of AstraZeneca outside of a pharmacy. The BC Pharmacy Association has listed all B.C. pharmacies taking appointments for second doses of vaccine at Pharmacies will be listed according to their health authority region. Patients should bring their record of immunization and photo ID. Individuals can...

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