PharmaNet is the province-wide network that links all B.C. pharmacies to a central data system. Every prescription dispensed in community pharmacies in B.C. is entered into PharmaNet.
PharmaNet access may be granted to community pharmacies, device providers, hospital pharmacies, emergency departments, hospitals, and community health practices as a clinical tool for the purpose of providing patient care.
A person may authorize the Ministry of Health to release their PharmaNet medication profile to a specified recipient for a specific purpose, such as litigation. The person must complete and sign an Authorization for Release of PharmaNet Record (form to be available July 2017) and fax the form to the PharmaNet Profiles Services Team.
The PharmaNet Profiles Services Team is available at
Pharmacies reporting an error or correction to a PharmaNet patient profile should contact either the HIBC Helpdesk or the PharmaNet Data Quality Services Team.
The PharmaNet Data Quality Services team is available at
- Profile Errors
PharmaNet patient profile errors, including dispenses associated with the wrong PHN, should be reported immediately to the PharmaNet Data Quality Services Team.
- Orphan Records
Orphan records in PharmaNet are handled and processed by the Data Quality Service Team. If your pharmacy is affected by the monthly roundup of orphan records identified by the Data Quality Services Team, they will contact you directly.
- Adverse Reaction/Clinical Condition Field
To inactivate specific text in the Adverse Reaction/Clinical Condition field on a PharmaNet patient profile, please complete the Request to Inactivate Adverse Reaction/Clinical Condition on PharmaNet Profile (HLTH 5550) form. Fax the completed form to the PharmaNet Data Quality Services Team.
All community pharmacies in B.C. are required to connect to PharmaNet. Medical device providers are encouraged to request access to PharmaNet to simplify the claims procedure for patients. Physician practices, walk-in clinics, emergency departments, and health authority facilities may apply for access to PharmaNet as a clinical tool in providing patient care.
- Community pharmacies are granted access to PharmaNet by applying through the College of Pharmacists of B.C.
- Prosthetic, orthotic, and ostomy providers can request access to submit claims in PharmaNet through Health Insurance BC.
- Medical device distributors (e.g. insulin pump providers) can request access to submit claims in PharmaNet through Medical Device Distributors Online Claims Access to PharmaNet.
- Physicians and nurse practitioners in community practices (private practices, walk-in clinics, etc.) can apply for Community Health Practitioner Access to PharmaNet (ComPAP).
- Emergency departments can request Emergency Department Access to PharmaNet (EDAP).
- Health authority facilities can request Hospital Access to PharmaNet (HAP).