5 Pharmacy Services You’re Probably Not Aware Of

March is Pharmacist Awareness Month and the perfect time to educate yourself about the variety of services offered by pharmacists. When was the last time you went to your local pharmacy for something other than to fill a prescription? Below I am sharing some of the other convenient and helpful services pharmacists can provide to you and your family.

  • Administer travel vaccines and other vaccines like the shingles and flu vaccines:  Travelling abroad anytime soon? Your pharmacist can review your travel plans and recommend preventative measures including immunizations before your trip. You can also speak to your pharmacist about the shingles or flu vaccine. In most provinces, pharmacists are able to administer the vaccines right in the pharmacy.
  • Diabetes Management: Your pharmacist can help you learn more about living well with diabetes. If you or somebody you love suffers from diabetes, you can schedule a time to speak to your pharmacist and they can help you make sense of your medications, select a blood glucose monitor, monitor your blood glucose by providing practical tips and instructions and more. They can even help you plan healthy meals, get physically active and give you information on other diabetes-related topics.
  • Heart Health: Monitoring your blood pressure is important and easy to do with the many easy-to-use, in-store blood pressure machines available. After you are done checking your blood pressure, you can speak with your pharmacist to help you review your blood pressure measurement results. They can also help when understanding blood pressure education and food/other medicine interactions.
  • Renew Your Prescription: Did you know that in some provinces pharmacists can review your medication and help you renew your prescription if you are in a pinch? Your pharmacist may be able to provide a prescription renewal to ensure you don’t miss a dose and then inform your regular doctor of any prescriptions that they renew for you.  Such a fantastic service! It sure doesn’t replace regular checkups with your doctor, but it is a convenient option to use if you have to.
  • Nutritional Advice:  You can ask your pharmacist for nutritional information, they can help you make healthy food choices and educate you on eating well. If you are looing for nutritional advice speaking to a Registered Dietitian is also a very good idea.

Next time you visit your local pharmacy remember the convenient extra services pharmacist can provide.


Win it: One lucky Canadian reader will win a $500 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card. It’s easy! To enter to WIN just share a recent great experience you had with a pharmacist at your local Shoppers Drug Mart or Real Canadian Superstore via the “Love Your Pharmacist ContestLINK,  then come back here and leave the link to your entry below (just copy and paste the link on your address bar at the end of your survey). When entering your story about at their page submit as much information as possible, including:

  • Pharmacy location (major intersection and city is sufficient)
  • The pharmacist’s name, if possible
  • Approximate date of events described
  • The situation, pharmacist’s action, and the outcome
  • 50-200 words
  • Name of blogger who sent them to the SurveyMonkey (OneSmileyMonkey in this case)

Note that five other bloggers will be running a giveaway for a gift card in each of their blogs, but you can only win once!  For more information check the official Contest Rules. Good Luck!


Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Shoppers Drug Mart. Compensation has been received for this post. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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76 responses to “5 Pharmacy Services You’re Probably Not Aware Of”

  1. Julia — March 14, 2017 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Oh, man – I did submit my story just a few minutes ago, through the link, but I closed the link before I realized I needed to paste it here, and, now, when I go back to the link it just says “You’ve already completed this survey”, so now I can’t post the link. Am I still entered into the contest? Thanks!


    • Angela V — March 14, 2017 @ 9:31 am (#)

      Hi Julia,

      It should be ok if you en the first time 🙂 thanks!

      • Julia — March 15, 2017 @ 1:59 am (#)

        Yay, thanks!

  2. Lori L. — March 14, 2017 @ 11:58 am (#)

    I submitted my review but I don’t have a link? I put down that I was referred from your blog and my name is Lori Lewis – thanks!

    • Angela V — March 14, 2017 @ 12:47 pm (#)

      Thanks Lori!

  3. Dawn gordon — March 14, 2017 @ 12:56 pm (#)
    • Angela V — March 14, 2017 @ 1:33 pm (#)

      As long as you did your entry you are good. It’s just the link at the end of the survey to show me you completed it.

  4. Dawn gordon — March 14, 2017 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    It’s so weird

    Shoppers drug mart can not afford to hire full time staff but the giveaways are endless ???

    They just did 50 gift cards for 100 bucks each last week? So 5000 bucks

    Just wondering Angie but who hooked you up with this giveaway ?

    • Angela V — March 14, 2017 @ 1:34 pm (#)

      Maybe try contacting Shoppers directly to express your concern. Thanks!

  5. M james — March 14, 2017 @ 1:07 pm (#)

    Shoot – i did the survey and thought at the end it would give me a link to cooy & paste and it did not and i left that page now do i cant even go back & get it….?!? Am i still entered?

    • Angela V — March 14, 2017 @ 1:33 pm (#)

      As long as you did your entry you are good. It’s just the link at the end of the survey to show me you completed it.

  6. Miriam Wilton — March 15, 2017 @ 12:03 am (#)


    I closed the window after I did the survey. I hope this is the right link :/

  7. Amy Chu — March 15, 2017 @ 5:29 am (#)

    I also did survey but didn’t know how to copy the link! I took a picture of the “You already completed this Survey” when I tried to go back and copy it. Anyways, it has my name and email on the survey that is the same as this one ????????‍♀️

    • Angela V — March 15, 2017 @ 8:31 am (#)

      Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  8. Calvin F. — March 15, 2017 @ 11:55 am (#)
  9. Richard Corkum — March 15, 2017 @ 11:58 am (#)

    Well they always seem to be so happy because they are always smiling and just seem to be happy to be working there. After picking up a prescription they always ask if I have any Questions about my drugs that I am picking up.

  10. Diana Powell — March 15, 2017 @ 1:38 pm (#)
  11. Krista Chase — March 15, 2017 @ 5:25 pm (#)


    My pharmacist assessed my symptoms, prescribed medication and filled my prescription for a simple bladder infection. Saved me HOURS to waiting at the walk in clinic.

  12. Tatiana Toquica — March 15, 2017 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    I entered at Shoppers and monkey survey!

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 16, 2017 @ 11:23 am (#)

    I’m afraid that like many others I did the survey but never thought to copy the link, stupid I know but it’s a shame. 🙁

    • Angela V — March 16, 2017 @ 1:19 pm (#)

      Elizabeth, if you completed the survey you are still entered. thanks!

  14. Heather Howard — March 16, 2017 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    Thanks for the opportunity!


    (this is all I got when I copied it)

  15. Leah — March 16, 2017 @ 5:40 pm (#)
  16. Edmund — March 16, 2017 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Yay, I did the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NJFPWP . Thank you for the kindness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂

  17. Jro — March 16, 2017 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    I did the survey but never got an link at the end .

  18. Nelia — March 17, 2017 @ 4:47 am (#)
  19. paula schuck — March 17, 2017 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    I love my pharmacist – he’s amazing at what he does. Actually he often helps me out if we need more information about drug interactions and he’s a wealth of information. I think they are often not recognized for how awesome they are. I did know about most of these roles actually. I did not know about the nutrition category though. Ours has extra training in diabetes education. I think that’s awesome.


  20. Rob Urbach — March 17, 2017 @ 4:01 pm (#)


    Closed the window…before realising I needed the link first…but it recognised me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Diana chau — March 17, 2017 @ 7:41 pm (#)
  22. Heather — March 18, 2017 @ 7:19 am (#)

    This is the link i got after i finished.

  23. Wendy lepine — March 18, 2017 @ 8:07 am (#)
  24. Marlene V — March 19, 2017 @ 10:10 am (#)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Donna Allen — March 19, 2017 @ 9:13 pm (#)


  26. Sylvia Haynes — March 21, 2017 @ 12:36 pm (#)

    Here is the link to my survey and I must say the Pharmacist at our local Shoppers is amazing. 🙂 https://www.surveymonkey.com/survey-thanks/?sm=jpzkkjOvrgkyzVnbwcd9ccoVBiPe5KWnzqZ9eaYZauxOdk8JSXq_2BWpdUF56DkFJY8sr1bDG8yS1tyEeqhrSafg_3D_3D

  27. monica hall — March 24, 2017 @ 6:11 pm (#)


  28. cn82 — March 26, 2017 @ 10:13 pm (#)

    I hope this was the correct link… I didn’t know where it was :/

  29. Janet sharpe — March 31, 2017 @ 3:37 am (#)

    One smiley monkey

  30. Sab Edwards — April 1, 2017 @ 10:10 am (#)


    the free flu shot usually comes to my home town but I was unable to get off work in time (they’re only there for 3 short hours) but I knew I had the option to get it in the city (And the wait time was 3 min for me instead of 20-25 min wait at the center) Guess where I’ll be going next time instead!!!

  31. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 5, 2019 @ 7:35 am (#)

    I have a great pharmacist, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I always go to him for my flu jab too.

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