Pharmacy Plus PEI Frequently Asked Questions

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Pharmacies participating in the Pharmacy Plus PEI program can assess for certain common ailments and prescribe some medications.  You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the program here:

Who is eligible for the program?

All residents of PEI with a current health card are eligible to receive these services through the Pharmacy Plus PEI Program.  The health card must be shown to the pharmacy at the time of the service.   

What is a common ailment?

A common ailment is a condition that can usually be managed with basic and short-term treatments or interventions. 

A list of eligible common ailments that a pharmacist can assess and prescribe for can be found here.  

Can pharmacists renew all medications?

A pharmacist can assess and prescribe for renewals of medications that were originally prescribed by a physician or nurse practitioner.  Several factors are considered to determine if a medication is eligible for renewal by a pharmacist including the type of medication, reason for use, and monitoring required. 

Please contact the pharmacy in advance to confirm eligibility before going to the pharmacy or scheduling an appointment.

How do I access these services?

Participating pharmacies are listed at Pharmacy Plus PEI.  Please contact the pharmacy in advance to confirm eligibility before going to the pharmacy or scheduling an appointment.

Is a pharmacist able to prescribe a new medication for a newly diagnosed condition (i.e. hypertension)?

A pharmacist can renew eligible medications that have been previously prescribed by a physician or nurse practitioner.  Other than for common ailments, pharmacists in PEI cannot provide a prescription for a new medication or condition that has not been previously diagnosed.

If a pharmacist assesses and prescribes for Nicotine Dependence, is it eligible as part of the PEI Smoking Cessation Program?

No, at this time, if someone participates in the PEI Smoking Cessation Program, it must be accessed through the Primary Care Network Office.  The pharmacist can dispense the treatment options as part of the program.

If the pharmacist assesses and prescribes for nicotine dependence, any medications that may be prescribed would not be covered by the smoking cessation program and would only be eligible for reimbursement by private insurance, as applicable.

Published date: 
October 4, 2022
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
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Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca