Drug Review Process

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Drug Review Process

Before PharmaCare can consider covering a drug, it must receive and review a request for coverage from the manufacturer. The drug is then submitted to the Drug Benefit Council (DBC) for an evidence-based recommendation on whether to include the drug on the PharmaCare formulary.

After the DBC’s recommendation is received, PharmaCare considers:

Drug Review Results

For information on the results of PharmaCare drug coverage decisions, see our Drug Review Results search.

Clinician Input into PharmaCare Drug Coverage Decisions

BC PharmaCare welcomes clinician input about drugs under review. Clinicians can contribute their clinical practice expertise to the drug review process (PDF) in the form of clinical practice reviewer reports. These reports inform BC PharmaCare drug coverage decisions.

Learn how you can give clinical practice reviewer input.

Public Input into PharmaCare Drug Decisions

Your Voice provides a platform for patients, caregivers, and patient groups to provide input to B.C.’s drug review process (PDF). It is part of PharmaCare’s commitment to give British Columbians a chance to share their perspectives on drug decisions that affect them.

Learn how you can give your input.

Drug Decision Summaries & Evidence Reports

PharmaCare publishes Drug Decision Summaries, Clinical Evidence Reports and Pharmacoeconomic Evidence Reports for some of the drugs it has reviewed and considered covering.