Government of New Brunswick

Note: Temporary change in eligibility due to Covid Omicron variant

Since October 2021, pharmacists can renew prescriptions for eligible New Brunswick residents with no service fee if they do not have a primary care physician or nurse practitioner or are in an urgent situation where they cannot get a prescription renewed by their primary care physician or nurse practitioner. Effective January 20, 2022 on a temporary basis, pharmacists can renew prescriptions for eligible NB residents who have a primary care physician or nurse practitioner and who require a prescription renewal for continuity of care, regardless of urgency.

This service is intended for those who would otherwise be required to visit their primary care physician or nurse practitioner, a walk-in clinic or an emergency room, for the sole purpose of obtaining a prescription renewal.

The program covers the costs for those eligible to receive up to a maximum of four (4) prescription renewal services per one-year period.

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


To be eligible for this service, the patient must:

  • To be eligible for this service, the patient must:
  • Be a resident of New Brunswick and have a valid NB Medicare card, and
  • Not reside in a nursing home.

 

  • The pharmacist will provide the service in person.
  • The pharmacist will assess the patient to make sure that there has been no change in their health.
  • The pharmacist will review the patient’s entire medication profile and determine if there are likely to be other prescriptions that will require renewal in the near future and provide those renewals at the same time.
  • The renewal(s) will be for the same drug, dose, and frequency as originally prescribed.
  • The renewal(s) will be for a period of time that is no less than the patient’s usual duration of therapy unless the pharmacist deems that it would be unsafe or unwise to do so.

  • Prescription renewals for over-the-counter medications.
  • Renewals for prescriptions filled outside of New Brunswick.

For more information about this service, please call your pharmacy.

Information about prescription renewal by pharmacists can also be found on the NB Pharmacists’ Association website.