Going to a pharmacy
- There are many drugstores and pharmacies in Manitoba.
- Most popular are:
There are pharmacies inside supermarkets like:
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- London Drugs
Getting your prescription filled
- Show the prescription slip to the pharmacist.
- He or she will check the medicine’s availability and cost.
- You may not get your medicines right away. The pharmacist will tell you to wait or come back later.
- Only prescriptions by Canada-licensed physicians are filled by pharmacies.
- Manitoba pharmacies may sell only Health Canada approved drugs.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Over-the-counter medications are useful for:
You can buy them without a prescription.They have lesser strength compared to prescription medicine.Improper use of over-the-counter medicine is dangerous.
- It can cause bad side effects, worsen a disease, or impair your kidneys.
- Consult your doctor before taking any medication.
The prescription label
- Prescription medicine bottles have personalized labels.
- It contains:
Information on the label is important.The doctor or pharmacist will ask you to refer to the label if you experience side-effects.
- the direction for use (how much, how many times, and when to take it)
- the name of the medicine
- the expiration date
- the RX number
- the name of the pharmacist
- the name and address of the pharmacy
- your doctor’s name
- your name
Ask for help from your pharmacist
Pharmacists can provide helpful information. They can:
- warn you about the possible side-effects
- suggest the best time to take your medicine
- work with your doctor to give you the best medication
Pharma care and other supports
- Medicines can be costly.
- Apply to the Pharmacare program if you need help.
Who can apply:
- It pays part of your prescription costs.
- It is based on total family income and the amount you pay for eligible prescription drugs.
Manitoba Home Cancer Drug program provides certain drugs for free.Who are eligible? Patients managed by:
- Those eligible for the Manitoba health card
- Those with your prescriptions not covered by other provincial or federal programs, or a private drug insurance program.
Supplementary health insurance plans can cover prescription costs.
- CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB)
- Community Cancer Program Network
- community oncologists affiliated with CCMB.
- Check your company’s group plan coverage.
- Buy a personal health insurance plan.
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