Government of New Brunswick

Pharmacists can assess and if necessary, prescribe medication for uncomplicated cystitis (urinary tract infection) for eligible New Brunswick residents with no service fee if they have been previously diagnosed with a urinary tract infection by a primary care provider.

The program covers the costs for those eligible to receive up to a maximum of two (2) assessment services per one-year period.

This program does NOT cover the cost of the dispensing fee(s) or the prescribed medication(s).

Patient

  • The patient has been previously diagnosed with an uncomplicated urinary tract infection by a physician or nurse practitioner;
  • The patient is between the ages of 16 and 64, and was born with the biological sex of female;
  • The patient has a valid New Brunswick Medicare card and does not reside in a nursing home.

Pharmacist

  • The service is conducted in person by a pharmacist licensed with the NB College of Pharmacists;
  • The pharmacist will develop a follow-up plan to monitor the patient’s progress;
  • The pharmacist will notify the patient’s primary care provider (when one exists).

Prescription

  • If prescribed, the drug therapy must be a Schedule 1 prescription drug and listed as a benefit on the NB Drug Plans formulary.
  • If prescribed, the drug therapy must be dispensed on the same day as the assessment. 

  • Assessment and prescribing provided through virtual services.
  • Prescriptions filled outside of New Brunswick.

More information about UTI assessing and prescribing by pharmacists can be found on the NB Pharmacists’ Association website. 

Please direct questions about the UTI Assessing and Prescribing by Pharmacists program to: infopharmacypc@gnb.ca