UPDATE: Lack of 24 hour pharmacies, leaves Okanagan father looking for alternatives

What do you do when you need prescriptions and the pharmacy is closed?

In the Okanagan Valley, finding a pharmacy after midnight for your medication needs may be difficult.

This was the case for an Okanagan father when he went to a local pharmacy for medication for his daughter, which he believed to be open 24 hours.

“The Shoppers Drug Mart in the mall on Harvey Avenue, was 24 hours a day and I had gone there a few times in the later hours and then when I went back in December I spoke to a staff member and she said they got a memo from Loblaws, saying the store was now closed at 10 p.m.”

Loblaws did not return messages for comment.

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Interior Health encourages people to keep their prescriptions up to date through their family physician, nurse practitioner or walk-in clinics. They can also call HealthLink BC at any hour to speak to a pharmacist about their medications. If concerned about your health IH recommends calling HealthLink BC at 811 any hour to speak to a nurse and inquire if you should seek immediate health care.

If a you feel you have an emergency health condition, you should go to the hospital emergency where you will be assessed by a health professional. People should not come to the emergency department simply for a prescription refill.

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Information previously stated in this article was incorrect and has now been rectified.


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