What BC PharmaCare covers

What BC PharmaCare covers

  • Medications for medical assistance in dying (MAiD)
  • Some pharmacy services: 
    • Dispensing fees ($10 maximum)
    • Medication reviews for most B.C. residents taking 5 or more medications
    • Prescription renewals or adaptations
    • Publicly funded vaccines
  • Expensive drugs for rare diseases on a case-by-case, last-resort basis, that have an approximate annual cost of more than $100,000 per patient

Use the PharmaCare Formulary Search to see which drugs PharmaCare covers. Click on a drug's DIN/PIN/NPN to see the plans it is covered under.

What BC PharmaCare does not cover

Drugs covered by other agencies or facilities, such as those:


The following medical supplies and devices:

  • Hearing aids or hearing aid batteries
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines
  • Wheelchairs and walkers
  • Eyeglasses
  • Bandages
  • Baby formula
  • Herbal medicine products
  • Artificial sweeteners, and
  • Other supplies and devices not listed on Medical Supplies

Drugs:

  • Purchased from pharmacies not enrolled in the PharmaCare program
  • Purchased outside B.C. or from companies/pharmacies outside B.C. (except eligible Plan W benefits)
  • Purchased over the counter, unless eligible under a specific PharmaCare plan
  • That PharmaCare has decided not to cover (see Drugs Requiring Pre-Approval for exceptions)
  • For which a manufacturer has not submitted a request for PharmaCare coverage
  • PharmaCare is currently considering for coverage
  • Available as part of a private clinical trial
  • Prescribed by a veterinarian
  • To treat infertility, diet therapies, or normally used for cosmetic purposes (e.g. hair loss, wrinkle prevention)
  • Paid for by another payer, such as:
    • A private or federal insurer
    • WorkSafe BC or ICBC
    • Through an award for damages, or settlement agreement

These fees:

  • Any portion of a dispensing fee above the maximum dispensing fee PharmaCare covers
  • Dispensing fees above the maximum number of fees PharmaCare covers
  • Drug costs above the maximum drug price PharmaCare cover

Children in low and moderate income families may be eligible for basic dental and vision care coverage through B.C.'s Healthy Kids Program.


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Related services

Learn more about Pharmacy Services that PharmaCare can help you with.

Some drugs require pre-approval for PharmaCare coverage ("Special Authority").

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Use the Formulary Search to find out which drugs PharmaCare covers, under which plans, and how much help you can get with costs