Pharmacists Can Now Temporarily Dispense Pain and Fever Over-the-Counter Medications without a Prescription

5/5/2020

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Eff​ective immediately, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has temporarily added pain and fever to the list of conditions and symptoms that a pharmacist can dispense a supply of over-the-counter medications to treat, w​ithout a doctor’s prescription. 

Health Benefits understands it is a difficult time, and is making changes to encourage physical distancing by reducing non-emergency doctor’s visits.

Talk to your pharmacist about getting a personal supply of over-the-counter medication for pain and fever and which over-the-counter medication is right for you.

Products for Youth and Adults

 Up to 100 tablets of Acetaminophen, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), ibuprofen, or naproxen tablets or capsules, OR,

 One box of Acetaminophen or ASA suppositories.

Products for Children 12 and Under (one standard package per child, per fill)

 Acetaminophen tablets or capsules

 Liquid acetaminophen or ibuprofen

 Acetaminophen suppositories ​

Plan W’s pharmacist-initiated treatment list, describes a number of conditions and symptoms that your pharmacist can provide a supply of over-the-counter medication to treat.

In most cases, your pharmacist is able to select and dispense you an over-the-counter medication when you are experiencing the condition or symptoms; however, for pain and fever, you are encouraged to obtain a supply of medications before you experience any symptoms or illness.

Please talk to your pharmacist about the use of over-the-counter medications for pain and fever and to make arrangements to obtain your own personal supply before you visit the pharmacy.  If you have any questions, please call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.

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