New campaign encourages British Columbians to “See Your Pharmacist”

August 26, 2019

Vancouver, B.C. (Aug. 26, 2019)  When your busy schedule doesn’t line up with your doctor’s, where do you turn?  B.C.’s pharmacists are available every day, including evenings, weekends and even holidays.  Not only that, but B.C.’s pharmacists are trained to provide a variety of services from providing an emergency supply of medication to advising and making changes to your prescription.

From September to October, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is launching the See Your Pharmacist campaign to encourage British Columbians to utilize their local pharmacies as primary community health-care centres.

With more than 4,000 pharmacists across B.C. serving in 153 of the province’s 160 communities, these experts in medication are available when and where you need them. The services offered by pharmacists are also diverse. Pharmacists do far more than just dispensing prescription medications.

The services offered by pharmacies include:

  • Providing an emergency supply of medication
  • Reviewing the medications of those who take multiple drugs to ensure they work together
  • Providing vaccines, such as measles, flu, shingles, HPV and more
  • Renewing a prescription for up to a year
  • Advising and make changes to your prescription to avoid drug interactions
  • Helping smokers quit and providing access to free smoking cessation products
  • Providing emergency contraception
  • Advising on over-the-counter medications

The next time the doctor’s office is closed, consider visiting a pharmacy. Many pharmacies are open late, even on weekends and holidays, and are staffed with the most accessible providers of front-line health care in the province. Come see what we can do for you.

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About the BCPhA

The BCPhA is an organization that supports and advances the professional and economic interests of community pharmacists and pharmacies in the province. The BCPhA’s membership includes more than 3,200 practicing pharmacists and more than 900 pharmacies that are in communities large and small across the province. Membership in the Association is voluntary.

 

For more information:

Michael Mui
Communications Specialist
BC Pharmacy Association
(604) 782-3531
michael.mui@bcpharmacy.ca