Your guide to pharmacies and medications

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Going to a pharmacy

  1. There are many drugstores and pharmacies in Manitoba.
  2. Most popular are:
    • Shoppers Drug Mart
    • Rexall
    • London Drugs
  3. There are pharmacies inside supermarkets like:
    • Walmart
    • Costco
    • Safeway
    • Superstore

Getting your prescription filled

  1. Show the prescription slip to the pharmacist.
  2. He or she will check the medicine’s availability and cost.
  3. You may not get your medicines right away. The pharmacist will tell you to wait or come back later.
  4. Only prescriptions by Canada-licensed physicians are filled by pharmacies.
  5. Manitoba pharmacies may sell only Health Canada approved drugs.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications

  1. Over-the-counter medications are useful for:
    • headaches
    • colds
    • flu
    • fever
    • allergies
  2. You can buy them without a prescription.
  3. They have lesser strength compared to prescription medicine.
  4. 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

  1. Prescription medicine bottles have personalized labels.
  2. It contains:
    • 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
  3. Information on the label is important.
  4. The doctor or pharmacist will ask you to refer to the label if you experience side-effects.

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

  1. Medicines can be costly.
  2. Apply to the Pharmacare program if you need help.
    • It pays part of your prescription costs.
    • It is based on total family income and the amount you pay for eligible prescription drugs.
  3. Who can apply:
    • 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.
  4. Manitoba Home Cancer Drug program provides certain drugs for free.
  5. Who are eligible? Patients managed by:
    • CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB)
    • Community Cancer Program Network
    • community oncologists affiliated with CCMB.
  6. Supplementary health insurance plans can cover prescription costs.
    • Check your company’s group plan coverage.
    • Buy a personal health insurance plan.

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