Information for Prescribers

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Coverage of Specific Drugs

Reference Drug Program (RDP)

PharmaCare Formularies

Find out which drugs PharmaCare covers and whether or not the physician needs to submit a Special Authority request to PharmaCare.

Special Authority Information

Some drugs and medical devices are covered only for patients who meet specific criteria. For these drugs, a medical practitioner submits a request for Special Authority coverage. In the case of Blood Glucose Test Strips, a physician must submit a request for coverage if the patient requires more than the annual quantity limits that PharmaCare has established.

Drug Coverage & Drug Coverage Decisions

Find out about:

Drug Coverage Information Sheets for Prescribers

Getting Plan or Program Coverage for Your Patients

To secure coverage under the No-Charge Psychiatric Medication Plan (Plan G) or the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program, a physician must submit an application on the individual's behalf.

Psychiatric Medications Plan (Plan G)

As of February 1, 2017, PharmaCare will cover Methadose™ for maintenance and buprenorphine/naloxone under Plan G. Read more…

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners can apply for access on behalf  of eligible patients by completing an Application for PharmaCare Plan G (HLTH 3497)and faxing it to your local Mental Health Substance Use Centre, Child and Youth Mental Health services centre, or mental health contact at the local health authority.

To view a list of benefits and criteria for coverage, please visit the Plan G Formulary page.

BC Palliative Care Benefits

>> Information on the October 2015 updates to BC Palliative Care Benefits.

BC Smoking Cessation Program

Is your patient ready to stop smoking or using other tobacco products? The BC Smoking Cessation Program helps BC residents by:

  • covering 100% of the cost of certain nicotine replacement products
  • contributing to the eligible cost of prescription smoking cessation drugs.

For smoking cessation drugs, the patient requires a physician’s prescription.

Medical Assistance in Dying

To access MAiD medication coverage for your patients, complete an Application for PharmaCare Medication Coverage for Medical Assistance in Dying (HLTH 5466) (PDF).

>> See also the Ministry of Health information about Medical Assistance in Dying and the List of Medical Aid in Dying Medications.

Prosthetic/Orthotic Coverage

Do you have a patient with a need for a prosthetic or orthotic device?

Information for Your Patients

Find information sheets on the Fair PharmaCare plan, the Prosthetics and Orthotics Program, the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program, specific drugs and other topics.


PharmaNet connects community pharmacies, physician offices, hospitals, emergency departments and other authorized users to a central database, allowing these users to access (and, in some cases, update) a patient’s medication history.


PharmaCare publications provides links to documents such as the annual PharmaCare Trends Report, PharmaNet data files, patient information sheets and various studies and reviews.

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