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    Anticoagulation Management for Warfarin Patients (CPAMS)

    Patients that take the medication warfarin can now participate in the Community Pharmacy-led Anticoagulation Management Program (CPAMS).

    The service includes INR Testing with a finger stick blood test that gives results in 5 minutes. The pharmacist can provide dose changes and advice based on the results. Pharmacies use a hospital grade testing device. Patients no longer need a blood draw at a lab, nor to wait for results.

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    Medication & Mental Illness Assessments (Bloom Program)

    Your pharmacist can help you with your mental health/addiction diagnoses in many ways including managing medication-related issues and provide one-on-one care.

    Patients must be already have one or more mental health or addiction diagnoses and have a medication problem that they would like to work on with their pharmacist.

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    Assessing and Prescribing for Prescription Renewals

    The pharmacist will do an assessment to determine if it is safe and effective for you to continue to take the medication(s). If appropriate, the pharmacist will prescribe renewals (refills) for your medication(s). The pharmacist may also at this time recommend dosage adjustments or other changes to ensure your medication is doing what is expected.

    This service is covered with your NS Health card up to 4 times per year. Note: Pharmacists may assess and renew for narcotic and controlled drugs and substances, however there are limitations on the amounts that can be prescribed. The pharmacist will do an assessment to determine if it is appropriate to renew and in what quantity.

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    Injections & Immunizations

    Pharmacies are a convenient and an easily accessible place to receive your immunizations & injections. Prior to giving you any vaccine or injection, the pharmacist will conduct an assessment to sure it is appropriate for you. Sometimes, vaccines or injections require a prescription. Pharmacists can currently prescribe and inject the following:

    Publicly Funded Vaccines: Influenza, COVID-19
    Non-Publicly Funded Vaccines: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid Fever, Shingles , Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)*, Chickenpox vaccine*, Meningococcal Vaccine*, Pneumococcal Vaccine*

    *Some patients may be eligible for publicly funded vaccines that are not currently available at the clinic. The pharmacist will advise when this is the case.

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    Birth Control Assessment and Prescribing

    This service is only for those seeking a method of hormonal contraception. Pharmacists cannot provide this service if reasons you require birth control are not for contraceptive purpose (such as managing menstrual cramps, acne, etc.).

    During the assessment process, the pharmacist will work with you to determine the therapy that best meets your needs. You and your pharmacist will select the most appropriate method of birth control based on your medical history, medications, risk factors, guidelines and your preferences. Pharmacists may only prescribe intra-uterine methods (also known as IUD or IUC) of birth control when practicing as part of an arrangement with a primary care provider who can conduct an appropriate physical exam and insert the device. An initial three-month trial is usually prescribed for new treatment. The pharmacist will follow up with you to re-assess. Once an appropriate therapy is established, your prescription may be valid for up to one year.

    During your consultation, the pharmacist will provide you with information on proper use of your birth control, what to do when you miss a dose, and possible adverse reactions. Your pharmacist will provide you with information and resources pertaining to other sexual health topics (such as sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunction, assault, abortion, and screenings for cancer). They will also assess for any potential sexual health risk factors.

    Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed. If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.

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    Shingles Treatment

    An early start of antiviral medications for patients with shingles (herpes zoster) is very important.

    During your assessment, the pharmacist will assess your symptoms.

    Symptoms can include: • pain or a tingling sensation in a limited area on one side of the face or torso • red rash with small, fluid-filled blisters • fever • headache • chills • upset stomach

    You will be provided information on skin care management, vaccines to prevent recurrence and be prescribed an antiviral medication, if needed. If a medication is prescribed during the assessment, the pharmacist will write a prescription. If the pharmacist finds that you have symptoms that can lead to more serious complications (such as vision impairment), they will refer you to emergency care.

    Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed. If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.

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    Tick Bites

    If you have been bitten by a tick, the pharmacist can assess the need for treatment to help prevent Lyme disease. Pharmacists can determine whether a preventive antibiotic is appropriate. The assessment will include:

    1. whether the tick bite was from a blacklegged tick 2. whether the tick was removed in the previous 72 hours 3. whether the tick was attached for at least 36 hours

    The treatment is only recommended if it can be administered within a 72-hour window after the tick is removed. If there are any symptoms of Lyme disease, such as a rash or bull's eye rash at the bite site patients will be referred to their primary care provider for other treatment options.

    Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed. If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.

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    Uncomplicated Bladder Infections

    Pharmacists are able to prescribe for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI), often referred to as bladder infections.

    In order to be assessed by a pharmacist you must: • be 16 years of age or older • have been assigned the sex of female at birth • have been previously diagnosed with the condition at least once before Pharmacists cannot assess or prescribe for UTIs for men or individuals under 16 and those that have not had a UTI in the past.

    Your pharmacist will ask you a series of questions to determine if your infection meets the criteria for 'uncomplicated' or not. If they determine you have an uncomplicated infection, your pharmacist can prescribe an antibiotic based on your specific needs, medical conditions, allergies and past history.

    You will not be required to provide a urine sample at a pharmacy, as guidelines do not require this for uncomplicated infections. If your infection does not meet the criteria for an uncomplicated UTI, your pharmacist will refer you to your primary care provider or nurse practitioner for further testing.

    Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed. If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.

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