Pharmacy Fees & Services
On this page…
- Dispensing fee policy
- Frequency of dispensing policy
- Clinical services fees
- Medication review services
- Injection of publicly-funded vaccines
PharmaCare covers the following dispensing fees and pharmacy services (as long as the pharmacy is enrolled in the PharmaCare program).
Pharmacies charge a dispensing fee for each prescription they dispense. PharmaCare sets a maximum amount that it will reimburse (currently $10.00). If a pharmacy charges a higher dispensing fee than PharmaCare’s maximum fee amount, you will need to pay the difference in the cost unless the Full Payment Policy applies.
PharmaCare covers a maximum number of dispensing fees for prescriptions filled daily or in 2 to 27-day supplies (unless the fill is for the full amount prescribed).
For daily dispensing - the maximum number of fees PharmaCare covers is 1 fee per drug, per day up to a maximum of 3 dispensing fees.
For a 2 to 27-day supply - the maximum number of fees PharmaCare covers is 1 fee per drug, per day up to a maximum of 5 dispensing fees.
To qualify for coverage of dispensing fees for frequent dispensing - your health care practitioner must order frequent dispensing as part of the prescription and you must sign a form that the pharmacy will provide. The pharmacy will notify your physician and keep the signed form on file to document the reason for frequent dispensing.
PharmaCare pays a pharmacy a clinical services fee when a pharmacist renews or adapts a prescription for a B.C. resident. There is no charge to B.C. residents for these services.
PharmaCare pays for pharmacists to conduct medication review services for eligible individuals. To be eligible, a patient must:
- be a resident of B.C.
- have a B.C. Personal Health Number (PHN)
- not be covered under PharmaCare Plan B
- have at least five different qualifying medications that have been entered into PharmaNet:
- within the last six months, and
- before the medication review service is provided*
- have a clinical need for service
- have not exceeded the allowable number of medication review services
Medication reviews help you better understand how to manage the medications you take.
Your pharmacist will meet with you to:
- identify all the prescription and non-prescription medications that you are taking
- discuss how the medications are best taken
- create a medication management plan to address any issues
At the end of the appointment, the pharmacist gives you a form that lists all your medications. PharmaCare pays the full cost of this service. There is no charge to you.
See Section 8.9 - Medication Review Services of the PharmaCare Policy Manual (PDF, 410KB) for details.
PharmaCare pays pharmacists to administer injections of publicly-funded vaccines to B.C. residents. Pharmacists must complete the appropriate training and be authorized by the College of Pharmacists of BC to administer injections.