Nardine Nakhla is a pharmacist and academic with a keen interest in minor ailments and self-care. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is licensed to practice pharmacy in both Ontario and New York.

Nakhla is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, where she has developed and coordinated a number of minor ailment management courses for pharmacists as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is also a faculty member at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and has spent the past decade designing and delivering curricular content on the assessment of self-treating patients, common illnesses and self-medication using nonprescription medicines in both the lecture and practical laboratory setting.  

As a researcher, she is interested in investigating the impact of minor ailment prescribing by pharmacists on patient and health system outcomes. She is also interested in examining factors influencing non-prescription product selection and the impact of Rx-to-OTC switches on patient health and access to medications. 

In addition to her extensive academic work, Nakhla is an owner of an independent pharmacy and practices as a community pharmacist with a focus on the provision of expanded scope services and facilitated patient self-care. 

Select Publications

Malik P, Nakhla N. An infographic assignment to translate self-care therapeutics into practical application. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2020;11(1). 

Hayes KN, Nakhla N, Tadrous M. Further Evidence to Monitor Chronic Proton Pump Inhibitor Use. JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(11):e1916184. 

Martinez L, Nakhla N, Ekman E. Perioperative Opioid-Sparing Strategies: The Utility of Conventional NSAIDs in Adults. Clinical Therapeutics. 2019 Nov 13; pii: S0149-2918(19)30498-9.

Cook B, Guo Y, Nakhla N, Tadrous M, Maxwell C. Frailty awareness and assessment: Exploring the link between pharmacists’ beliefs and behaviours. Can Pharm J (Ott). 2019 Sep-Oct; 152(5): S1–S43.

Martinez L, Nakhla N, Ekman E. Perioperative Opioid Sparing: The Utility of Conventional NSAIDs in Adults. PAINWeek Abstract Book 2018. Postgraduate Medicine. 2018;130(sup1):1-91. 

Nakhla N, Killeen R. Letter to the Editor: Comment on “The Role of Medications in Causing Dry Eye”. Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 2018, Article ID 7396982, 2 pages, 2018. 

Armstrong D, Nakhla N. Non-prescription proton-pump inhibitors for self-treating frequent heartburn: the role of the Canadian pharmacist. Pharmacy Practice. 2016 Oct-Dec;14(4):868.