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Assessments for Common Ailments

Save yourself a trip to the doctor’s office or clinic. Our pharmacy team can assess and prescribe for many common ailments.

  • nasal allergies (i.e. hay fever)
  • calluses or corns
  • allergic skin rash
  • cough
  • dandruff
  • pre-menstrual and menstrual pain
  • indigestion
  • emergency contraception
  • fungal skin infections
  • heartburn (GERD)
  • hemorrhoids
  • acne (mild)
  • headache (mild)
  • eczema (mild to moderate)
  • hives, bug bites and stings (mild)
  • joint pain (minor)
  • muscle pain (minor)
  • sleep disorders (minor)
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • nicotine dependence (smoking cessation)
  • diarrhea (non-infectious)
  • thrush (oral fungal infection)
  • canker sores
  • threadworms or pinworms
  • yeast infection (vaginal)
  • warts (excluding facial and genital warts)
  • shingles
  • impetigo
  • hormonal contraception
  • sore throat —pharmacists cannot assess or prescribe for strep throat
  • dry eye — pharmacists cannot assess or prescribe for pink eye
  • cold sores (oral)— patients must have had a previously diagnosed cold sore
  • urinary tract infection (uncomplicated) — Patient must have been previously diagnosed with a UTI and cannot be within four weeks of symptoms that developed with a previous UTI. Pharmacists cannot prescribe if you have been previously treated with two or more episodes in the last six months OR three or more episodes in the last 12 months. Maximum two assessments by pharmacists per year. Must be female, 19+. Not available for males.


Common Ailment prescribing is free to clients with a Prince Edward Island Health card.

Select Your Local Murphy’s Pharmacies Location to Book a Common Ailment Assessment

Central PEI Locations
East Royalty
Queen Street (Charlottetown)
West Royalty

Eastern PEI Locations

Western PEI Locations
Central Street (Summerside)
Tyne Valley


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Pharmacist Prescribing

Your Murphy’s Pharmacist can prescribe medications under certain conditions. For instance, if your prescription is expired and you are unable to see your doctor, a pharmacist can assess your situation and may be able to extend your prescription to avoid an interruption of drug therapy. Your Murphy’s pharmacist can also, under certain conditions, provide emergency prescription refills.

Murphy’s pharmacists can assess and prescribe for a variety of common health conditions referred to as common ailments. Why wait at the after-hours clinic or for a doctor’s appointment when your pharmacist may be able to help?

Common Ailment prescribing is free to clients with a Prince Edward Island Health card.

What is a common ailment?

Our pharmacists are qualified to assess and treat common ailments. A common ailment is a short-term, less serious medical condition that does not typically require blood work or lab tests. Examples include cold sores, mild acne, heartburn, hay fever, fungal skin infections, and yeast infections.

Murphy’s Pharmacists are trained to assess your common condition and prescribe a prescription medication or make a recommendation for an over-the-counter medication. If the pharmacist believes your condition is more serious and requires follow-up, they will refer you to a doctor.

To reduce the need for emergency or urgent care visits, ask your Murphy’s Pharmacist for help! Get expert advice and treatment for common ailments without the long wait.