Pharmacy Services

Pharmacist Prescribing (Ask for detail)

Your Coventry family pharmacist has Additional Prescribing Authorization (APA) to perform certain tasks in order to improve front-line care. For instance, Your Coventry Pharmacist can prescribe drugs to treat several minor health problems.

Here is list of some ailments for which your Coventry Pharmacist can prescribe after necessary assessment.

  • Traditional strep tests require patients to visit a doctor’s office and wait 24-72 hours to find out if they test positive for this nasty bacterial infection.
  • In the interim, patients suffer with uncomfortable throat pain and fever while they wait for their results. Rapid strep tests, currently being offered at Coventry Remedy’s RX Pharmacy can produce a test result in just 10 minutes.
  • Your family prescribing pharmacist can even prescribe an antibiotic to patients who test positive. Patients can be assessed, tested, and treated in the pharmacy, without having to ever set foot in the doctor’s office.
  • It does, however, come with a price tag since it is not a covered through healthcare benefit – it costs $15 to have your throat swabbed in the pharmacy and is the least expensive compared to other pharmacies charging 15 to 20 dollars. Advantage to patients is that it saves them time and hassle that would otherwise be associated with lengthy visits to a doctor’s office.

A cold sore usually passes through several stages: Tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or so before a small, hard, painful spot appears, and blisters erupt.

Patient needs to start antiviral therapy as soon as first signs and symptoms of cold sore appear or felt. Your family pharmacist can prescribe cold sore antivirals on the spot after quick assessment and it will save your time and hassle to go through long waiting time in doctor’s office.

Oral thrush is a fungal infection, also called oral candidiasis, is an infection in the mouth and throat. Rarely painful, it is described as creamy white lesions on the inner cheeks, gums, tongue, and back of the throat.

The infection can be passed back and forth between a mother and her breastfeeding infant. Women whose breasts are infected may experience symptoms such as red or sensitive nipples, shiny or flaky skin on the areolas, unusual pain while nursing or between feedings, or deep stabbing pains within the breasts.

Causes and triggers:
Oral thrush is a yeast infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans. While it is a naturally occurring fungus in our mouths, it can at times multiply and cause an infection, certain antibiotics may contribute towards oral thrush. It is the same fungus which also responsible for
causing diaper rash in babies.

Treatment:
Mild cases of thrush usually resolve on their own within a few days. If the infection persists, it can be treated with a prescription antifungal medication and your Coventry Prescribing Pharmacist can assess and prescribe you antifungal as per assessment. It is very important to continue treatment for prescribed period.

Allergies are an overreaction of immune to normally harmless substances known as allergens. When a susceptible person is first exposed to an allergen, an immune response is activated. Later re-exposure may result in the release of substances, including histamine, triggering a range of reactions felt by the body.

Allergies vary in intensity and can take many forms including atopic dermatitis (eczema), asthma, and allergic rhinitis and can be treated and or prevented by medicinal and non-medicinal measures.

Causes:
Allergies are mostly influenced by genetic predisposition. If one or both parents suffer from allergies, their children are more likely to develop allergies. 
There are two types of allergic rhinitis:

  • Seasonal (acute): occurs at specific times of the year like in spring when ice melt and trees shred pollens, is a reaction to airborne allergens (e.g., ragweed, tree and grass pollen).
  • Perennial (chronic): occurs year-round, usually a reaction to indoor allergens (e.g., dust mites, pet dander, mound).

Symptoms:
Allergy sufferers may experience one or several of the following symptoms:

  • runny nose with clear discharge
  • sneezing and itchy nose
  • nasal or sinus congestion
  • sinus headache
  • postnasal drip
  • scratchy throat
  • red, inflamed skin and mucous membranes
  • red, watery and itchy eyes
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • mild to moderate cough
  • asthma (in severe cases)
  • hives
  • anaphylactic shock

Treatment:
Your Coventry Prescribing Pharmacist can do assessment and prescribe you medication as per your assessment.

Eczema, also called as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin problem that causes dry, itchy, scaly, red skin on various areas of the body.

It can be associated with a secondary bacterial infection includes darkening of the skin around the eyes and/or an extra fold of skin under the eye. If gets worse, blisters and fissures may develop, and the skin may become thicker from repeated scratching. Eczema usually start in children, often improves with age, and appears to have a genetic component.

Causes and triggers:
In most cases, eczema is caused by an abnormality in the skin’s protective barrier. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated more easily, and lacks adequate protection from allergens, microbes and irritants, causing itching. As for the visible skin lesions, they are a direct result of itching.

Factors contributing toward eczema:

  • Cold or dry air
  • Sweating
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Rapid temperature changes
  • Exposure to certain chemical products (soap, detergents, perfumes, etc.)
  • Wearing garments made of wool or synthetic fibers such as polyester
  • Allergens

Treatment:
Since eczema is a chronic condition, symptoms may worsen then improve periodically. While some people can go years without having any symptoms, eczema is not curable. To decrease the itch intensity and prevent new flares, it is important to keep the skin hydrated and your Coventry Pharmacist can also prescribe certain medications to improve itchiness and worsening of asthma.

Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue containing swollen blood vessels located in the wall of the lower rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids can protrude out of the anus, in which case you may be able to see or feel them. Hemorrhoids can cause itching, pain, or bleeding after a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids are most common during pregnancy and after giving birth, and mainly affect those between the ages of 45 and 65 years.

Causes and triggers:
Swollen blood vessels in the rectum and anus are often caused by an increase in pressure in that area of the body. Pregnancy, constipation, diarrhea, and frequent heavy lifting may lead to hemorrhoids.

Treatment:
Hemorrhoids usually resolve on their own within a few days. However, you may need prescription medication to resolve your symptoms including itchiness, pain and bleeding. You Coventry Pharmacist can help you for your prescription needs after necessary assessment.

Following are some of the other medical conditions which can be treated by your Coventry prescribing pharmacist:

  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Superficial skin infection
  • Pregnancy Related nausea and vomiting
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Tinea Corporis (Ring Worm)
  • Insect Bite
  • Onychomycosis (Toenail Infection)
  • GERD
  • Diaper rash

Your Coventry family Pharmacists can extend certain prescriptions with no refills left to avoid the interruption of your drug treatment before your next doctor’s appointment.

Your Coventry family pharmacist can also order laboratory tests to ensure the treatment is working appropriately and can adjust the dosage and extend the prescription on the basis of lab tests.

Your Coventry family pharmacist can adjust your prescription in order to reduce a drug’s side effects, manage interactions between two drugs or make sure the dosing regimen suits your schedule. Your Pharmacist can modify the dosage, form, dose or quantity of a medication to make sure it reaches the therapeutic targets set by your doctor (e.g., for hypertension or diabetes). In all cases, your pharmacist will contact your doctor to make sure the treatment is right for you.

If your regular medication is temporarily out of stock, your pharmacist can recommend the safest possible alternative based on your needs. A drug from the same category will be offered to you as a substitute in keeping with your best interest. The change will be indicated in your patient file and your doctor will be informed.

When you’re ready, we can help you quit smoking
We offer a comprehensive smoking cessation program to help you meet your goals. Your community prescribing pharmacist can sit with you on one to one basis and can help you to quit smoking and can prescribe you smoking cessation therapy as per assessment

This 3-month (10 to 12 weeks) program includes:

  • Health and smoke assessment interview
  • Online and printed resources
  • Ongoing follow-up and counseling

Your Coventry community Pharmacist can help you become Smoke Free.

A tailored care plan for diabetes management takes just 15-30 minutes at your community Coventry Pharmacy. During initial consultation, your community
pharmacist will:

  • Review your family history with diabetes
  • Assess your blood glucose and A1C level and take your blood glucose at the time of consultation
  • Discuss and practically show the proper use of blood glucose monitors
  • Provide a diabetes action plan for self-management
  • Review proper injection techniques
  • Adjust your insulin therapy, based on the latest guidelines. Also address to manage hypoglycemic events.

Call us to book an appointment with your community pharmacist. Its free for you and reimbursed to the pharmacies by the government

COMPRESSION STOCKING THERAPY

Taking Better Care of Your Legs

Your Coventry family pharmacist is certified Compression Stocking fitter and can get custom made compression stocking for you and your family.

If you experience any of the following:

  • Varicose veins
  • Heaviness or fatigue of the legs
  • Pregnancy related leg swelling and pain
  • After vein stripping or sclerotherapy
  • After phlebitis or a blood clot
  • Chronic swelling of the legs

If you experience any of the following:

  • Impaired arterial circulation
  • Reduced sensation in the feet or legs
  • Active infection in lower extremities
  • Inability to apply or remove stockings
  • Enhance vales in the vein. Stocking squeeze the leg and in doing so cause the valves to compress. Even if they are incompetent this may make them work better.
  • Create the calf pump mechanism. Any activity the leg goes through makes the calf muscle contract and relax. With this the calf muscle helps to force blood to move upward through the veins. Stockings make the calf muscle more efficient.
  • Create higher pressure in the surrounding tissue. With the stockings will keep the legs from swelling through the day. They will not reduce swelling once it has occurred.
  • Graduated compression means greater pressure at the ankle, this works to move blood back to the heart.

Compression Stockings should be applied first thing in the morning, especially when swelling
occurs. They should remain on as much as possible but may be removed during periods of rest
and must be removed overnight.  Do not wear the stockings to sleep.

  • Always use rubber gloves! The gloves allow you to smooth the stockings on rather than pinching and grabbing them with your fingers. This is easier and more comfortable.
  • Powder can be applied to the foot if it is moist.
  • Gradually pull the stocking over the toes and foot, work the stocking up the leg until smooth.
  • Bring a little more of the stockings onto the foot and work it up the leg until smooth.
  • Continue to do this until the stocking is in position.
  • Do not pull on stocking as this will stretch it in length.
  • Position the stockings in place and smooth any excess material.
  • Do not have wrinkles in the fabric or folds.

There are also various devices to help apply stocking. Talk to your stocking fitter for more information.

  • Use lukewarm water and mild soap. We recommend the stocking wash solution.
  •  Rinse well.
  •  Hang to air dry in shaded area.
  •  Do not place in dryer or in direct sunlight.
  • Important! Compression stocking can be put in the gentle cycle of the washer. Air dry only.

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  • When first starting to wear compression stocking, wear for two to four hours the first day and increase wearing time each day. Sometimes first- time wearers will experience some discomfort and compression pressure in the legs.
  • If you experience numbness in the feet and toes while wearing the stockings, remove and contact your fitter. Only if you have never had numbness prior to wearing the stockings.
  • If you have redness, or itchiness of the skin while wearing the stockings, you may have an allergy. Remove the stockings and call your fitter.

Interested in compression stockings or already have a prescription from your physician for compression therapy, come in and speak with our home healthcare staff who will help you choose the right option for you, as well as to make certain the fit is just right, so you can look forward to wearing the stockings rather than park them in the bottom drawer.

Medication Review

Your Coventry family pharmacist will sit down with you for a one-on-one meeting.  An appointment will take between 30 to 60 minutes. During pharmacist consultation we will:

  • Assess your current medication and past medication history
  • Confirm that you understand why you are taking each medication and the correct way to take it
  • Identify any existing or possible drug therapy problems
  • Determine the goals of therapy for each medication
  • Identify possible interventions to manage any existing or possible drug therapy problems
  • Create a care plan to help resolve any possible drug related problems and help you achieve the goals of therapy
  • Develop a follow up plan to ensure that issues discussed at the appointment are dealt with. We will document the details of the appointment and notify your family physician and other health care providers about the plan discussed.

Compliance Packaging

No matter how effective a medication may be, it will be of little use if it’s not taken or administered properly. Medication management – getting the right drug, to the right patient, in the right dosage at the right time is one of the most challenging areas of healthcare management. Your Coventry Pharmacy specializes in medication delivery systems and are committed to eliminating the opportunity for medication errors. Our systems help ensure that people receiving or self-administering their medications get the right drug at the right time – whether they are at home or in a care setting.

The Pharmacy Pill Pak System is ideal for customers who have difficulty with medication compliance. Coventry Pharmacy prepares each Pill Pak blister to contain all the oral solid mediations for each major medication administration time of the day. For more information or to enroll in the Compliance Packaging program please contact Coventry Pharmacy.

Vaccination and Injection Administration

These are some of the injection administrations. Call for more detail

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR ALBERTANS

Your Coventry Pharmacy will be offering complimentary flu shot immunizations starting around last week of October every year. Flu shots are available on a walk-in or appointment basis.
All individuals must be nine years of age or older and must have Alberta Health card to be eligible for free flu shot. However, your Coventry pharmacy also offer flu-shots to out of province individuals and flu shots to visitors from other countries (Medication cost and injection administration fee may apply)

SHINGLES AND PNEUMONIA VACCINATION

One in three Canadians will experience shingles in their lifetime and the risk increases after 50 years or older individuals.
Acute is the most common symptom and is present in nearly 100 percent patients. With vaccination your risk of suffering with severe and long-lasting pain is reduced by 70 to 75%
Pneumococcal pneumonia each year forces nearly 300,000 adults admitting in the hospitals who are over the age of 50.

You are at the risk of Shingles if you are:
50 years of age or over
Had chickenpox in the past
Call your Coventry Pharmacist about a shingles and a pneumonia vaccination.

  • Vitamin B12 Injection
  • All travel vaccination injection administration (some conditions may apply.
    call for detail)
  • Depo-Provera Injection

Medication Disposal

Check your medication labels – chances are you have expired or unused medicines, vitamins and over-the-counter products in your home. Return these unused medications to your Coventry Pharmacy for environmentally safe disposal! Throwing medicines in the trash or flushing them down the toilet is unsafe and can harm the environment.
Here are some helpful tips for when returning your unused medication to your pharmacist:

  • When returning needles, they must be in a SHARPS container and not mixed with any other medications.
  • If returning liquids and powders leave in original packaging. 
  • Remove capsules or tablets from vials or blister packaging and place in a sealed plastic bag.
  • For privacy, remove any identifying labels or information.

Free City Wide Delivery

Free City-wide medication delivery.

Methadone Dispensing Services

We provide daily witnessed or witnessed and carries for methadone dispensing as prescribed and instructed by methadone prescription clinics.