Minor Ailments and Contraception Services

Ask a pharmacist for an assessment

As of June 1, 2023, community pharmacists across British Columbia were enabled to prescribe for contraception and many minor ailments such as 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 an assessment of any one of 21 minor ailments or contraception services (MACS). Upon completing the assessment, if appropriate, pharmacists can write a prescription on location for the needed medications.

How to book an appointment

Many pharmacies also offer walk-in availability for minor ailments. 

To book an appointment, the provincial government has set up an online booking tool that will identify the nearest available pharmacies around you. You will need to have your Personal Health Number to make an appointment. 

List of Minor Ailments

Disease, Disorder or Condition Drug Category
Acne Topical drugs
Allergic rhinitis
  • Intranasal drugs, including antihistamine drugs
  • Ophthalmic drugs, including antihistamine drugs
  • Oral antihistamine drugs


(allergic, bacterial or viral)

Ophthalmic drugs


(allergic, atopic, contact, diaper or seborrheic)

Topical drugs
Dysmenorrhea Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Dyspepsia Gastric acid reducing drugs

Fungal infections

(Onychomycosis, Tinea corporis infection, Tinea cruris infection or Tinea pedis infection)

Topical drugs
Gastroesophageal reflux disease Gastric acid reducing drugs
Headache Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Hemorrhoids Topical drugs

Herpes labialis

  • Topical drugs, including antiviral drugs
  • Other types of antiviral drugs
Impetigo Topical drugs
Oral Ulcers (canker sores, aphthous ulcers) Topical drugs
Oropharyngeal candidiasis Antifungal drugs
Musculoskeletal pain Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Shingles Antiviral drugs
Nicotine dependence Nicotine cessation drugs
Threadworms or pinworms Anthelmintic drugs
Uncomplicated urinary tract infection Antibiotic drugs
Urticaria, including insect bites
  • Topical drugs, including antihistamine drugs
  • Other types of antihistamine drugs
Vaginal candidiasis Antifungal drugs