Pharmacy Fees & Services

PharmaCare covers the following dispensing fees and pharmacy services (as long as the pharmacy is enrolled in the PharmaCare program).

Dispensing fee

Pharmacies charge a dispensing fee for each prescription they dispense. PharmaCare sets a maximum amount that it will reimburse (currently $10.00). If a pharmacy charges a higher dispensing fee than PharmaCare’s maximum fee amount, you will need to pay the difference in the cost unless the Full Payment Policy applies.

Frequency of dispensing

PharmaCare covers a maximum number of dispensing fees for prescriptions filled daily or in 2- to 27-day supplies (unless the fill is for the full amount prescribed).

For daily dispensing: The maximum number of fees PharmaCare covers is 1 fee per drug, per day, up to a maximum of 3 dispensing fees.

For a 2- to 27-day supply: The maximum number of fees PharmaCare covers is 1 fee per drug, per day up to a maximum of 5 dispensing fees.

To qualify for coverage of dispensing fees for frequent dispensing: Your healthcare practitioner must order frequent dispensing as part of the prescription, and you must sign a form that the pharmacy will provide. The pharmacy will notify your physician and keep the signed form on file to document the reason for frequent dispensing.

Clinical services fees

PharmaCare pays a pharmacy a clinical services fee when a pharmacist renews or adapts a prescription for a B.C. resident. There is no charge to B.C. residents for these services.

Medication review services

PharmaCare pays for pharmacists to conduct medication review services for eligible individuals. Medication reviews help you better understand how to manage the medications you take. To be eligible, a patient must:

  • Be a resident of B.C.
  • Have a B.C. Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • Not be covered under PharmaCare Plan B
  • Have at least five different qualifying medications that have been entered into PharmaNet:
    • within the last six months, and
    • before the medication review service is provided*
  • Have a clinical need for service
  • Have not exceeded the allowable number of medication review services

Your pharmacist will meet with you to:

  • Identify all the prescription and non-prescription medications that you are taking
  • Discuss how the medications are best taken
  • Create a medication management plan to address any issues

At the end of the appointment, the pharmacist gives you a form that lists all your medications. PharmaCare pays the full cost of this service. There is no charge to you.

See section 8.9 of the PharmaCare Policy Manual for details.

Injection of publicly funded vaccines

PharmaCare pays pharmacists to administer injections of publicly-funded vaccines to B.C. residents. Pharmacists must complete the appropriate training and be authorized by the College of Pharmacists of BC to administer injections.