Canada-wide Medication Compounding Changes!

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Howe Sound Pharmacy has serviced the Sunshine Coast by providing high-quality specialty compounding services for over 30 years.

Specialty compounding is undergoing major Regulatory changes. This will affect many community pharmacy’s ability to continue to deliver these services across Canada.

Howe Sound Pharmacy is committed to continue providing the specialty products that our Coast residents require. We have aligned with two large compounding specialty pharmacies that we will be able to draw from for all our specialty needs. We have collaborated with both pharmacies before and found their compounds of the highest quality.

This will mean two major changes for our patients. The first is that compounds may take longer to dispense. Therefore we ask as much lead time as possible. The second is that there may be cost adjustments to some compounds. We will however try to minimize this wherever possible.

On another note relating to compounding and extended health plans. Most, if not all plans, now require that the patient send in all specialty compounding receipts to them directly for reimbursement. This means that our patients will pay upfront for the compounded prescriptions and manually submit to their health plans.

Thank you so much for your understanding and consideration. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Chris Juozaitis – Pharmacist
Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.

We offer FREE Deliveries & Pharmacy Curbside Pick Up!
You can also Order your Prescription Refills ONLINE!
or call us at (604) 886-3365

Our Hours are: Monday to Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm.
**Now OPEN AGAIN on Saturdays 9am – Noon**
Closed Sundays & Statutory Holidays

Our Annual Influenza Vaccinations

Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.
Locally Owned & Operated – serving the Sunshine Coast for 41 Years!

We are expecting to receive our annual influenza vaccinations after Thanksgiving. Please contact us to be put on our waiting list. As soon as we receive our injections, we will begin booking appointments.

Our Health & Wellness Team is here to help you. If you have any questions, please don’t hestiate to contact us!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sound advice for your health, vitality and wellness.

Chris Juozaitis – Pharmacist
Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.
(604) 886-3365
1 (888) 886-3365

208 – 1100 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Gibsons
– in the Gibsons Park Plaza near the Gibsons Medical Clinic –
Sunshine Coast, BC

Private Video Chat with your Pharmacist!

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Private Video Consultation with your Favourite Pharmacist!

Did you know that Howe Sound Pharmacy has the ability to have a Video Consultation with you

from the Privacy of your own home andit’s only a ‘1 click’ step!

Now you can have a Private Video Consultation with your Favourite Pharmacist – your Pharmacist will be wearing a headset, so that your conversation remains private.

All you have to do is have a computer, tablet or phone with Video capability and we’ll send you a link to start the Video consultation. It’s as easy as 1 click!

Click Here to: email us or call us at (604) 886-3365 to set up an appointment with your favourite Pharmacist.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Chris Juozaitis, Pharmacist and the Team at Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.
Email us or call us at (604) 886-3365

Back to School Head Lice Helpful Info!

Back to School Head Lice

Head Lice Helpful Information

Head Lice can be a real problem. Back to school will be uncharted territory this year for so many different reasons. However, one of the few things we can guarantee is that we will usually get a small outbreak of head lice as children returning to school. Since protocol for return varies from province to province there still is the opportunity for a head lice outbreak.

Check out: Health Link BC / head lice

Back to School Head LiceHead Lice Identification

Head lice are tiny, greyish brown, wingless insects that live on the scalp, feeding on human blood. They lay eggs that stick to strands of hair very close to the scalp. Once the egg hatches, the empty case left behind is called a nit.

Head lice are hard to see because they are tiny and move around on the head. Eggs are very small, about one-third (1/3) the size of a sesame seed and take 9 to 10 days to hatch.

The nits are easier to see and are found further down the hair shaft. Both eggs and nits may look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily removed because they are sticky.

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Do head lice cause illness or spread disease?

No, head lice do not cause illness or spread disease. However, they can be irritating, because they cause discomfort and spread easily from person to person.

How are head lice spread?

Anyone can get head lice. Having head lice does not mean a person has poor personal hygiene or lives in an unclean environment. Anyone who has hair can get head lice.

Head lice are commonly spread among children and adults who have close head-to-head contact. Head lice cannot jump or fly from 1 person to another. They are most commonly spread through head-to-head contact by crawling from one hair to another. There is a very small chance of head lice spreading indirectly though shared pillowcases, hair accessories, brushes and combs.

How do I prevent the spread of head lice?

The best way to control head lice is through the cooperation of parents, children, daycares, schools and health care providers. Checking the hair of all family members regularly using the wet combing method is the best way to prevent the spread. Encourage children not to share hats, combs, hair accessories or hairbrushes. If your child has long hair, tie it up or put it in a braid.

Having head lice once does not prevent someone from getting them again. Regular checks for head lice can be part of a family’s hygiene routine.

What are the symptoms of head lice?

Often people who have head lice will have no symptoms for 4 to 6 weeks with their first case.

Symptoms of head lice may include:

• Crawling or tickling sensation on the scalp
• Itchy scalp due to a sensitive reaction caused by the bites
• Scratch marks or small red bumps like a rash

How can I tell if my child has head lice?

The most accurate way to check for head lice is the wet combing method:

• Wash and rinse the hair. Apply enough conditioner to cover the whole scalp (usually 2 handfuls). The conditioner stops the lice from moving, making them easy to find
• Use a wide tooth comb to get the tangles out. At any time if the comb tugs, add more conditioner
• Begin combing the entire head with a lice comb. Pull the comb through the hair in one stroke from the front to the back of the head. Keep the teeth in contact with the scalp for the entire stroke
• After each stroke, wipe the comb on a paper towel and check for lice

Back to School Head LiceWhat are safe options for treating head lice?

There are many different products and ways to treat head lice. Some health experts recommend wet combing and others recommend chemical treatments. Only consider treatment if you find live lice. Head lice will not go away without treatment.

Children should receive their first treatment, whether wet combing or chemical, at home the first day that they are found to have head lice. Children should not be sent home or kept home from school or daycare because of head lice. Encourage the child to avoid head-to-head contact with other students until after their first wet combing or chemical treatment.

If one person in the household has head lice, there is a good chance other household members do as well. All members of the household should be checked on the same day and those with lice should be treated.

Wet Combing treatment

This method removes live head lice. Wet combing is less expensive and non-chemical. Combing treatments follow the same steps used to check for lice. Use generous amounts of hair conditioner and a special lice comb, every 4 days for at least 2 weeks. If you find lice on the final combing, add one more combing in 4 days until you find no live lice. Any young lice that hatch from eggs after the first session are removed at the second, third and fourth sessions. This is why it is important to do the full series of sessions.

Wet combing is safe for infants, young children, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. Contact your public health unit for complete instructions on the wet combing method. To find your local public health unit, visit: Regional Health Authorities.

Chemical treatments

Shampoos, creams, rinses and sprays that contain an ingredient that kills lice are available at most pharmacies without a prescription. Some examples are permethrin, pyrethrins, isopropyl myristate and dimethicone.

Some chemical treatments may not be safe for infants, young children, pregnant or nursing mothers or other individuals. Speak to your health care provider or pharmacist to find out which is best for you or your child. Always carefully follow the directions for use on the label and be sure to keep the products out of the reach of young children.

After treatment, check the hair and remove eggs and lice. You can also remove the nits, although you don’t have to remove them, as nits are empty eggshells.

Most treatments are repeated in 7 to 10 days to make sure that any head lice that have hatched after the first treatment are killed before they have a chance to lay any eggs. It is also important to check the head for any eggs and remove them after the second treatment. Itching may last for 7 to 10 days, even after successful treatment.

Head lice have started to develop resistance to many of the chemical products. If you think the product is not working after 24 to 48 hours, use the wet combing method to check for lice. If you find lice, use a different treatment method. Head lice cannot develop resistance to non-chemical treatments.

When should I call my health care provider?

Call your health care provider if the treatments are not successful or if you are unsure which kind of treatment is best for you or your child. Chemical treatment of pregnant or nursing mothers and of children less than 4 years of age should be given only under the direction of a health care provider.

What options are not recommended for treating head lice?

Some methods and products should not be used because they are either not safe or do not work. These products include: insect sprays, motor oil, gasoline, alcohol, flea soap, dyes, bleaches, heat applied to the scalp, garlic, tea tree and other essential oils, electric lice combs, and shaving the head.

What should be cleaned?

Healthy head lice rarely leave the scalp and if they do they may only survive for 24 to 55 hours. Head lice are not shared through contact with furniture, pets or carpets. There is no evidence that a major cleaning of the house or car is necessary. Hats, pillowcases, combs and hairbrushes that have had contact with the head of the person with head lice in the previous 48 hours, could be considered for cleaning in hot soapy water. Items that can’t be washed can be placed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 48 hours. Clean supplies that you used for wet combing in hot soapy water.

If you would like more information, just give us a call!

Our friendly Pharmacists are also available for a Facetime Chat!
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We’ll send you a link with only 1 click!

Let us know how we can help you and your family.

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Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd. has been serving the Sunshine Coast for over 40 years!
Call us for any concerns you have with your health or drug information!

Chris Juozaitis – Pharmacist
Caring Beyond Medications
Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd.

(604) 886-3365 or 1(888) 886-3365

208 – 1100 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Gibsons
– in the Gibsons Park Plaza near the Gibsons Medical Clinic –
Sunshine Coast, BC

Re-Opening Health Safety & Drug Disposal Policy

Howe Sound Pharmacy is committed to the health and well-being of everyone in our community, and to doing our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  Read More!

We have implemented health and safety solutions to help maintain social distancing for the protection of our valued patients, our staff, their families and our community.

We have installed plexiglass at our front counter and at each pharmacist station, including between each pharmacist. We have placed hand sanitizer stations at the entry way, front counter, each pharmacist station, and in each conference room. We sanitize all high frequency touch surfaces including counter tops, door handles and our waiting room regularly.

Please sanitize your hands upon entry, and follow the arrows around to the pharmacist station and front counter. Exit the other door as indicated. Please maintain 2m distance as much as possible from other occupants in our premises. We are limiting the number of patrons in the store at any one time (see posted notice at entry door).

Please respect the spacing in our waiting room. We have provided some chairs side-by-side in case you require an attendant to assist.

We are now giving immunizations by appointment. Please call ahead to book your time.

Our new safe drug return for destruction policy is outlined here:

Drug Disposal Policy < look in the bulleted area

ORDERING: Please call ahead so we may serve everyone safely and efficiently.

  • Call us first to place a new or refill prescription order and over-the counter requests 1 to 2 days ahead please. If you have an urgent prescription – let us know.
  • Have your doctor fax or phone in new prescriptions, and call us first before coming in to pick up.
  • We have returned to regular supply of medications, though may need to limit fills due to continued shortages.
  • We always have a pharmacist available by phone to answer any questions you may have during our regular store hours.  
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PAYMENT: We encourage pre-payment by credit card when you order, however you also are welcome to pay at the front counter.

GETTING YOUR PRESCRIPTION & OVER THE COUNTER ORDER:

  • Medications can be either delivered to your home, brought out to your vehicle, or picked up at the front counter.
  • Take advantage of our FREE DELIVERY SERVICE!
  • We can also DELIVER TO YOUR CAR! Park in front of the pharmacy, call and we will bring your prescriptions and over-the-counter items out to you – please have ID ready.
  • To our pharmacy, we ask you to kindly wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided at the door. If you don’t have a mask we’d be happy to provide you with one for $1.00. We thank you for your assistance in helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

 

We are grateful for your continued support in keeping you, our staff and our community safe. We wish the best of health to all of our neighbours and friends!

Chris Juozaitis and the dedicated Howe Sound Pharmacy Team
Caring Beyond Medications – Howe Sound Pharmacy Ltd. (604) 886-3365

Clarity on Industry Dispensing Fees

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Protecting Our Nation’s Drug Supply

To our valued patients,

We thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times. Our staff has been overwhelmed by the number of patients that have thanked us over the last few weeks. We know that the wonderful sense of community here on the Sunshine Coast is what is going to get us through this time.

Our Pharmacy Team would like to clear up some misconceptions from the Media regarding ‘dispensing fees’. Howe Sound Pharmacy is following the recommendation from our Public Health Officials to only dispense 30-days of medication at a time in order to avoid critical drug shortages and to be able to maintain a constant supply of medications as needed for all patients. This of course creates triple the work over the next 3 months. However, we as health care professionals believe it is our duty to provide the best possible service to all of our patients while following the public safety orders from our Public Health Officials, and to ensure the continuity of the drug supply for our community.

All medications in Canada have a Pharmacy dispensing fee, and that helps maintain an independent pharmacy like Howe Sound Pharmacy. We’d like to introduce you to the dedicated health care professionals that are here to serve you throughout this pandemic.

  • Catherine, Michelle, Tamara, Liane and Mary answer the hundreds of phone calls that come in daily.
  • Our Pharmacy Assistants: Amy, Cynthia, Josh, Johanne, Ivy, Daniel, Kim and Rick fill prescriptions and deliver them to patients all day long. *Please take advantage of our ‘FREE’ Delivery service for Medications and all Over-the Counter items.
  • Our Technicians: Aurora, Steph and Sarah check the accuracy of all prescriptions throughout the day.
  • We have 4 dedicated Pharmacists, with 3 of them on staff every day, to help patients navigate their health care and the health care of their family members; Chris, Eric, Christine and Cindy.

Contrary to popular belief, the government has provided ‘no relief’ to Pharmacies during this pandemic. We respectfully ask that during this pandemic everyone understand the necessity of 30 day dispensing and know that when the Public Health Officials remove their current recommendation – we will return to regular dispensing guidelines.

Please know that if you are having financial issues due to the pandemic, we will do everything in our power to keep your prescriptions as affordable as possible. If this is the case, please call Eric or Chris to discuss options moving forward. We will do our best to get back to you within 48 hours.

We thank you for your understanding and your continued support – we will get through this time together.

Stay safe!
Chris Juozaitis, Pharmacist and the Howe Sound Pharmacy Team

FREE Deliveries… yep, Free!

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Howe Sound Pharmacy Serving the Sunshine Coast, BC

Howe Sound Pharmacy has FREE Deliveries
on all Medications and ‘everything’ we carry in our store!

You are welcome to call us at (604) 886-3365, click to email us or >>> use our Online Order Form. If you are in between Medication Refills, you are welcome to use our handy form for all other over-the-counter items you need – just list your items in the ‘Note’ box.

Choose Free Delivery or our handy Pharmacy Curb-side pick up.

We have an excellent over-the-counter selection – all items come with Free Deliveries, so stock up on everything you need!

  • Health & Medical Supplies
  • Bathroom Safety Supplies
  • Blood Glucose and Pressure Monitors
  • Canes
  • Compression Fittings for Stockings & More
  • Foot Care
  • Ideal Protein, a Medically Developed Weight Loss Protocol
  • Homeopathics
  • Incontinence Supplies
  • Probiotics
  • Self-Serve Blood Pressure and Health Monitoring Machine
  • Sport Braces
  • Vitamins and Supplements
  • Wound Care

Please let us know how we can help support your Health and Well-being in these challenging times.

– The dedicated Team at Howe Sound Pharmacy