September 23rd, 2016

World Pharmacists Day – September 25, 2016


World Pharmacists Day is designed to raise awareness about the role of pharmacists in providing care to the public. This year’s theme is “Pharmacists: Caring for you”. The theme reflects the increasing role pharmacists play in the provision of health care services and the tangible benefits they bring as health care providers. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers for Canadians, yet many are still unaware of the range of health services they are able to provide.

For many years, pharmacists have been taking on expanded roles in the Canadian health care system. Today’s pharmacist is highly respected as the medication management expert of the health care team. They collaborate with patients, their families and other health care providers to deliver a range of innovative services, including medication reviews, chronic disease management, immunization services and wellness programs.

London Drugs Pharmacists: Caring for you

World Pharmacist Day is an opportunity to remind Canadians about the health care services easily accessible through their pharmacists. At London Drugs, these services include:

  • Medication reviews to ensure drug therapy is appropriate and effective. Pharmacists are trained and knowledgeable about medication issues.
  • Administration of vaccines by Certified Injection Pharmacists, including the Zostavax vaccine for Shingles.
  • Individualized diabetes management programs withour Certified Diabetes Educators.
  • Chronic illness management.
  • Ability to prescribe for minor ailments/conditions (in select provinces).
  • Renew and/or extend prescriptions (some medication restrictions apply)
  • Assisting patients find solutions to everyday health issues around allergy, cough & cold, pain management, stomach health and eye care.
  • A variety of Health Clinics offered at select times throughout the year, including:

London Drugs pharmacists are committed to being an important part of our customers’ health care team. To learn more, speak with a pharmacist at any location or visit our NEW pharmacy website.

October 7th, 2013

Fall Allergies


For many of us, autumn is the time of back-to-school, fall fashion and beautiful changing landscapes.  However, a significant number of us suffer from seasonal allergies, peaking in October.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever) include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Increased number of asthma attacks

So, what can one do to help reduce the symptoms (and reduce the suffering!)?

September 24th, 2013


Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many Canadians.  Dry, itchy and sore skin accompanied with flare-ups of painful scales occurs with this condition. It might be good to know that there are many prescription treatments available.
In today’s post, I would like to highlight some skin care recommendations for people with psoriasis.


  • Although scratching seems like the reaction to irritated skin, it can lead to open sores and possibly infection


  • So easy, yet so effective!
  • Reduces itchiness, dryness, redness and soreness and scaling
  • Helps skin heal after a flare up
  • Choose products that are fragrance-free


September 10th, 2013

Travelling with Diabetes

Living with diabetes can often make day-to-day living complicated, let alone vacationing. But travelling with diabetes shouldn’t make you feel you’re limited to weekend trips near your home. With a little advanced planning, you can still enjoy exciting trips to exotic locations with very little worry.

Simple steps to prepare

There are some simple steps to follow to make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible.

1) Visit your doctor—Before you travel, you want to make sure you’re in the best health possible, and that your diabetes is under control.

June 27th, 2013

Prescription Claim Service Interruption

Prescription Claim Service Interruption will take place:
Saturday July 6 at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday July 7 at 6:00 p.m

Rx Interruption_8x10What is happening?

Pharmacies use a network called PharmaNet to submit claims for prescriptions. The
claim is instantly reviewed and PharmaCare pays any amount it covers directly to
your pharmacy.

PharmaNet will be out of service from July 6 at 10:00 p.m. until July 7 at 6:00 p.m. to
allow for an important upgrade. During that time, pharmacies throughout B.C. will
be unable to submit claims for immediate PharmaCare coverage.

How does this affect me?

We recommend you pick up any prescriptions before or after the service interruption.
If you have to fill a prescription during the service interruption, you may have to
pay for it. If your prescription is eligible for PharmaCare coverage, PharmCare will
mail you a reimbursement cheque automatically within 30 days. You will not have to
submit receipts.


June 3rd, 2013

The safe disposal of drugs

Pharmacy Shoot_20120124_ DSC_4643.psdProperly disposing of drugs is important for a number of reasons, including the safety of your loved ones and the well-being of the environment. Unused medications can pose a significant health, safety and environmental hazard when improperly stored or disposed of.

Many prescription medications, OTC products and health supplements remain in medicine cabinets and kitchen drawers long after their expiry date, while others are simply unused. At some point in time, they are thrown away in the garbage, flushed down the toilet, or—in the case of liquids—poured down the drain.

Medications disposed of in the garbage can pose a hazard to pets and wildlife, and these, as well as drugs flushed down sinks or toilets, can infiltrate groundwater, eventually entering drinking water and the food chain. Leachate, the rainwater that percolates through the landfill and collects at the bottom, has been shown to contain antidepressants, antibiotics, steroids, hormones, heart and asthma medications and painkillers. Leachate typically flows to a wastewater treatment plant, but—unlike human waste that can be treated—pharmaceuticals cannot. This contaminated water negatively affects aquatic organisms, fish and other wildlife.

November 3rd, 2012

Eczema and your pharmacist

It happens every year as the weather turns cool: What began as dry, itchy skin becomes blotchy and red. It spreads over the back of the hands and in between the fingers and across the palms. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mother’s hands and elbows and knees begin to peel and crack. They get drier and drier, chapped and sore. If she doesn’t nip it in the bud, it gets worse and worse until it’s almost unmanageable.


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