Patient Care During Wildfires

BC is facing one of the worst wildfire seasons in more than a decade. As a result, the Province of British Columbia declared a provincial state of emergency on July 7, 2017.

Wildfires in the Northern Health Authority are creating challenges for patients and pharmacies. For instance, evacuees may have left home without their medications, may need medication when they do not have a prescription, and may not have access to a doctor. 

Please see the appropriate section below for detailed instructions on submitting claims for patients affected by wildfires.

If the patient... Do the following: Notes

has more than 14 day supply remaining but requires an emergency supply exceeding that amount

Submit the claim and enter both the following intervention codes:

  •  UF—Patient Gave Adequate Explanation & Filled as Written (to prevent a “CL–Exceeds Good Faith Limit”) response from PharmaNet.
  • NN—Emergency Supply of Medication

Be sure to adequately document the circumstances and reason for the use of the UF code in a manner accessible for audit purposes.

does not have an active prescription

Follow the College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policies:

If you determine that dispensing medication is appropriate, submit the claim:

  • In the PRACT ID Ref field, enter P1—College of Pharmacists of BC.
  • In the PRACT ID field, enter your own College ID.
  • Enter the intervention code NN— Emergency Supply of Medication

Be sure to adequately document the circumstances and reason for each use of the NN code in a manner accessible for audit purposes.

needs an extension of PharmaCare Special Authority approval for their drug

Contact the PharmaNet Help Desk. The Help Desk will forward your enquiry to a Special Authority team pharmacist.

Only extensions of previous Special Authority can be considered.

 

If the patient... Do the following: Notes

does not have an active prescription, or original prescription is with another pharmacy

Follow the College of Pharmacists of BC Professional Practice Policies:

If you determine that dispensing medication is appropriate, submit the claim:

  • In the PRACT ID Ref field, enter P1—College of Pharmacists of BC.
  • In the PRACT ID field, enter your own College ID.
  • Enter two intervention codes:
    • UF—Patient Gave Adequate Explanation & Filled as Written (to prevent a “CL–Exceeds Good Faith Limit”) response from PharmaNet in case patient has more than a 14 day supply remaining
    • NN—Emergency Supply of Medication

Be sure to adequately document the circumstances and reason for each use of the NN code in a manner accessible for audit purposes.

needs an extension of PharmaCare Special Authority approval for their drug

Contact the PharmaNet Help Desk. The Help Desk will forward your enquiry to a Special Authority team pharmacist.

Only extensions of previous Special Authority can be considered.

has a pharmacy restriction in PharmaNet 

Call the PharmaNet Help Desk and request a temporary lifting of the restriction status.