Alberta welcomes the expansion of pharmacy care clinics in communities across the province. The Alberta government said this expansion is part of an effort to resolve the crisis in the province's emergency departments and to eliminate the hardship experienced by families due to a shortage of doctors. Shoppers Drug Mart has announced plans to open 44 new pharmacy care clinics across the province this year as part of the expansion. This will bring the total number of clinics in the province to 103. Clinics located in the store's pharmacies will provide pharmacy care services to patients, including the diagnosis and treatment of colds, pink eyes, and urinary infections.
Pharmacists are licensed to diagnose and diagnose non-serious diseases and injuries, administer vaccines and other medications, and help those with chronic illnesses.
Similar clinics are already operating in pharmacies in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Shoppers Drug Mart's first Pharmacy Care Clinic opened in June 2022 in Lethbridge, Alberta.