Information for Pharmacies
On this page…
- Agreements between the Ministry of Health and BC Providers
- BC Services Card Information
- Benefit Information—Drugs
- Benefit Information—Non-drug products and medical supplies
- Pharmacy Services Coverage
- PharmaCare Policies, Procedures, Guides and Forms
- Provider Payment Schedule
- Drug Reviews & Results
- PharmaCare Publications
Current Enrollment Documents
The Provider Regulation (“the Regulation”) under the Pharmaceutical Services Act (“the Act”) came into force on December 1, 2014. The Regulation sets out new enrollment criteria for pharmacies, facilities, and other places where drugs, devices, substances or related services are provided (“sites”). It also sets out the commercial terms for the Province of British Columbia’s relationship with enrolled providers.
Enrollment documents as of December 1, 2014:
- PharmaCare Provider Enrollment Guide (PDF)
- PharmaCare Provider Enrollment Form (HLTH 5432) (PDF)
- Schedule A (HLTH 5432A)—Owner Details (PDF)
- Schedule B (HLTH 5432B)—Additional Sites (PDF)
- Schedule C (HLTH 5432C)—Additional Information (PDF)
- PharmaCare Provider Change form (HLTH 5433) (PDF)
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Historical Document - For reference only
- BC Services Card Fact Sheet (PDF)
- BC Services Card—Questions and Answers for Health Care Providers (PDF)
- BC Services Card—Card Reader Information Sheet (PDF)
- Reference Drug Program
- Low Cost Alternative (LCA) and Reference Drug Program (RDP) data files—current listing and reimbursement information for drugs covered under the LCA and RDP programs
- PharmaCare Formulary Search and PharmaCare Drug Data File—comprehensive data on PharmaCare benefits.
- Special Authority Drugs—includes Limited Coverage Drug Program, Reference Drug Program, and Psychiatric Medications Plan. Also, see our Special Authority Information Sheet for patients (PDF).
- Special Authority Confirmation Codes
- PharmaCare Plan Formularies and Product Identification Numbers
- Psychiatric Medications Plan Formulary
- Palliative Care Drug Plan Formulary (PDF)
- Compounded prescription products:
- Correct quantities for PharmaCare claims (PDF)
- Eligible Smoking Cessation Products (PDF)
- Methadone PINs
- Kadian® PINs
- Medical Assistance in Dying Medications—For information on submitting claims for MAiD, please see PharmaCare Newsletter 16-005 (PDF).
- Trial Prescription Program Drugs
- Plan W Over-the-Counter medications (OTCs) appropriate for pharmacist-initiated treatment
- Complete list of Plan W Over-the-Counter Drug Benefits
- Plan W Non-Drug OTC Benefits—Through the Plan W funding arrangement with the First Nations Health Authority, certain devices and supplies are covered under the First Nations Health Benefits (Plan W).
- PharmaCare Drug Shortage Information—Alternate PharmaCare coverage during shortages of PharmaCare-covered drugs in B.C. community pharmacies
Product Identification Numbers (PINs)
Please select a category below:
- Cystic Fibrosis formulary of digestive enzymes and nutritional supplements
- Miscellaneous products
- Ostomy supplies
- Diabetes items including:
- Needles and syringes
- Blood glucose test strips
- Insulin pumps
- Insulin pump supplies
- Insulin pump supplies—approved vendors
- Medical Assistance in Dying
- PharmaCare coverage of Clinical Services—PharmaCare Policy Manual, Section 8.4 (PDF).
- B.C. pharmacies can submit a claim to PharmaCare for medication review services they provide to eligible patients.
- Pharmacists who are authorized by the College of Pharmacists of BC to administer injections receive payment for each publicly funded vaccination they administer to an eligible B.C. resident. The vaccine cost is covered by the Province of B.C. through Immunize BC.
- PharmaCare pays pharmacists a fee for administering publicly funded vaccine by injection.
- Learn more on the Pharmacists’ Vaccine Resource page.
- PharmaCare pays a Clinical Services fee to pharmacists for dispensing MAiD prescriptions. More information is available in PharmaCare Newsletter 16-005 and the list of PharmaCare-covered fees and products (with applicable PINs and DINs).
>> For more information, see the Ministry of Health's Medical Assistance in Dying—Information for Health Care Providers.
B.C. Smoking Cessation Program
- Information for pharmacists
- Quick reference sheet for pharmacists (PDF)
- Eligible smoking cessation products (PDF)
- Declaration and Notification form (HLTH 5464) (PDF)
- Patient information sheet (PDF)
Frequency of Dispensing
Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment (iOAT)
Low Cost Alternative/Reference Drug Program
- Current listing and reimbursement information—includes downloadable files
Reduced Mark-Up of High-Cost Drugs
Reimbursement of Non-Returnable High-Cost Injectable Drugs
Rural Incentive Program
- Provider Payment Schedule 2020
- Provider Payment Schedule 2018
- Provider Payment Schedule 2019
- PharmaCare Payment Policy
- Drug Review Process and Results
- Drug Decision Summaries & Evidence Reports
- About PharmaNet
- Pharmacy and Medical Supplier Access to PharmaNet—Overview of access types
- Ensuring Timely PharmaNet Connections (PDF)
The Ministry of Health is responsible for all PharmaNet patient profile corrections. When reporting an error or correction to a PharmaNet patient profile, contact either the HIBC Helpdesk or the PharmaNet Data Quality Services Team.
- The Ministry of Health issues FanOut messages to pharmacies to communicate critical information about PharmaNet outages and lost or stolen prescription pads.
- See more information about FanOuts.
- PharmaCare publications provides links to publications such as PharmaCare Newsletter, the annual PharmaCare Trends Report, PharmaNet data files, patient information sheets, relevant Acts and regulations, and various studies and reviews.