Aside from filling my prescription(s), what OTHER SERVICES does your pharmacy offer?
- Prescribing Pharmacist
- Specialized diabetes education and management by our Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
- Vaccine and injectable medicine administration
- "Strep Throat" testing
- One on One Counseling and Medication Reviews/Consultation
- Travel Health Consults including travel vaccines
- Free Delivery
- Free compliance packaging / Blister packaging / Bubble packaging
- Compounding - can be ready the next day if the order is placed by 3 pm
What is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE®)? How can a CDE® help me?
Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE’s) are health-care professionals that are specialized and certified to assist people with diabetes management. They are trained in prevention, early identification, and optimal management of diabetes through professional education, accessible support and consultation, advocacy, and research. Typically a CDE is also a nurse, dietitian, or a pharmacist and may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctor’s offices, chronic disease management centers and pharmacies.
My diabetes is not under control and I need a special diabetes consult. What are the fees?
This service is free for you as long as you are a resident of Alberta and have a valid Alberta health card.
How do I TRANSFER/SWITCH my prescription(s) to your pharmacy?
Simply call our pharmacy or come in and visit us. We will get in touch with your existing pharmacy on your behalf and request a transfer of your medications to our pharmacy.
What kind of medications can a pharmacist prescribe?
Most common conditions that a pharmacist at AceCare Pharmacy can prescribe for are as following:
- Smoking cessation treatment
- Previously Diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- All kinds of vaccinations including travel vaccines
- Strep throat infection
- Cold Sore Therapy
- Oral Thrush and Canker Sores
- Yeast Infections
- Diaper Rash
- Eye Inflammation/Infection
- Jock Itch
- Athletes Foot
- Strains & Sprains
- Menstrual Pain
- Minor Acne
- Mild Eczema and Rash
- Minor Cuts
- Mild Eczema and Rash
- Nail Fungal Infections
- Ringworm treatment
The authorization to provide injections and to prescribe new therapy requires additional certification done after some continuing education and application to the Alberta College of Pharmacy for the prescribing authority. There is no doubt that as a pharmacist, to gain the credentials required to prescribe initial drug therapy requires some effort. This includes some self study and an application that is very thorough and includes the presentation of patient cases as well as a defense of the application for prescribing authority.
What are different types of prescribing a pharmacist can do?
Pharmacist prescribing includes a wide range of activities, such as:
- prescribing over-the-counter and prescription drugs to treat minor, self-diagnosed or self-limiting disease conditions
- providing emergency supplies of prescribed medication to a patient
- monitoring and authorizing the refill of existing prescriptions to ensure appropriate and effective care
- modifying or adapting a prescription written by another prescriber to alter dosage, formulation, regimen or duration of the prescribed drug
- modifying or adapting a prescription written by another prescriber to provide a therapeutic alternative to improve drug therapy or provide continuity of therapy
- prescribing medications for patients through delegated authority and collaborative practice agreements, or by using protocols as established by institutions or jurisdictions
- initiating or discontinuing a medication where the pharmacist, in collaboration with the physician and/or other health care professionals, provides comprehensive medication management
Where is your pharmacy LOCATED and what are your HOURS of operation?
The address is 312 Cassils Road W, Brooks, AB. This is right between Rogers and Papa John's pizza store or opposite to Husky gas station. AceCare Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 9 am - 8 pm on Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am - 3 pm on Sunday.
Do you do DELIVERY? Is it free?
Yes! We can deliver your medications and non-prescription products within Brooks for free. We also do free delivery to Rosemary once a week.
How long is my prescription good for?
For example, if the doctor writes you a prescription for an anti-biotic for an ear infection and you bring it to the pharmacist 6 months later, the pharmacist may refuse to fill the prescription. This is because the antibiotic may not be appropriate for the infection you currently have. Your new condition requires the attention of a physician.
Once you bring you prescription to the pharmacy, how long do you have to fill it?
The majority of prescriptions can be refilled for up to 18 months after it is dropped off at the pharmacy (as long as there are refills). Medications in the controlled and targeted substances group can only be refilled for 1 year after the prescription is dropped off at your pharmacy.
This means that your doctor cannot give you an unlimited amount of refills. If the doctor writes you a prescription for 3 years, or puts 10 refills on the prescription, you will only be able to refill the prescription for up to 18 months (or 1 year) from the day it was brought to the pharmacy.
Why can’t prescriptions be refilled for longer than 18 months?
The laws on how long prescriptions can be filled for are for your protection. It is important to see the doctor for re-assessment to ensure the medication prescribed is still appropriate for you!
Can you BLISTER PACK my medications? Is it free?
Yes, we offer free blister-packing of medications for all our patients. Simply come in and talk to us today about getting setup! All we require is a few minutes of your time to discuss proper dosing times and medications that you would like included.
Can your pharmacist renew my prescription(s) if I have run out of refills?
MAYBE. It depends on whether or not the pharmacist has enough information about your condition and treatment. When the pharmacist renews your prescription, the pharmacist becomes the prescriber, instead of the doctor. The pharmacist is now responsible for the therapy prescribed. The pharmacist must ensure that the therapy is necessary, effective and safe for your condition.