Pharmacists offer more than just help with medications.

The Ontario Pharmacists Association in Canada has launch “Pharmacists offer more“ ad campaign to promote and spread awareness of the diversity of their services.

Most people think pharmacists just dispense pills. But they do a lot more. For example, they offer a range of health services so that people get aware of and get support to improve their health and wellbeing.


Pharmacists are ready to answer your questions and recommend treatment for everyday life, counsel about prescriptions, renew if necessary, advice on natural health products and medical devices.

To help you learn about specific health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes pharmacy hold specialized clinic days that focus on education or risk assessment. If it is clinically appropriate, your pharmacist may choose to change the dose, dosage form, frequency, or route of administration of your prescription to better meet your healthcare needs. Some pharmacies offer medication delivery to patients who live within the pharmacy’s medication delivery zone.

To help people better understand what pharmacists can really do a special wall with a range of blister packages filled with pill-shaped magnets was set up at the Toronto Eaton Centre.



It allowed people to find out how pharmacists can help them in a very interactive way. Each blister package contains different messagges such as “I can give you your flu shot,” “I can help you manage your diabetes” and “I can help you quit smoking”. What you are required to do is to take the package and ask pharmacists to provide you with necessary information.

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The campaign was developed by ad agency Cossette Vancouver and contained online ads, billboards, bus shelters, radio and print ads in Toronto, Ottawa and several other Ontario cities.

In my opinion the campaign can meet with a positive response and provide people with high quality, accessible and affordable health care and understand that pharmacists offer more than just pills. 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Pharmacists offer more than just help with medications.

  1. Great way for people to know more and stay informed, this needs to get spread around the world not just in Canada, since it’s great way for people to get help. Thanks for posting 🙂

  2. Lovely post! I will forward it to my cousin as she’s a pharmacist and I know she will appreciate to be recognized as an important actor in the health sector.

  3. This is a very good campaign. Where I live, I usually have to wait 2 weeks before I can see my doctor, so if I have a cold or I don’t feel well, I just go to the local chemist and ask for a recommendation. They are always very knowledgeable and know what to prescribe. And it’s better to go to the local chemist with a small issue than crowd your GP for a simple cold.

  4. Hey, this is really a nice program. I for one thought that’s what pharmacists mostly do, those who work in drug stores that is. I don’t know how it is in other countries, but in the Philippines, the major drug stores have pharmacists who do not talk to customers. What I know is that they sometimes mix or blend drugs.

  5. This is very interesting. I love the text of the campaign, it’s eye-catching and thought-provoking. It’s good to know that if someone need help, the pharmasicts offer special services. I will check here in Austria too, maybe they also have a similar campaign.

  6. Pretty important to keep the people updated on their medical services. Nice move by these pharmacists. Even at the times of emergency, people would know how to react. And delivering the drugs to patients living in the delivery zone is an amazing idea. They actually seem to be very dedicated people in serving the patients.

  7. This is also great for freeing spaces at the local GP a lot of people I know will run to the doc for anything and in many cases a Pharmacist would assist them!

  8. This is an interesting post. All the while, I thought that pharmacists were people who dispensed pills and made a lot of money. Your post truly allowed me to learn more about what pharmacists do.

  9. I think this is a great responsibility for pharmacists. I love being able to call up and ask questions to them and get some answers immediately instead of having to call my doctor and wait for a response!

  10. I think it is about time that they did that especially with people who have addictions like smoking and need help stopping. That is what I call great customer service!

  11. The pharmacists job is very important. There are so many things that could easily go wrong if they are not properly educated and knowledgeable. I think they should get more credit than they do.

  12. I have only recently come to realise this! Often you don’t need to go to your doctor, you can just ask your pharmacist. Seems like a good idea to raise awareness about this as I had no idea!

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