Bc Pharmacare Agreement

But as the saying says, “the devil is in the details.” And these details have the potential to strongly influence patients and community pharmacy. There have been some suggestions that it would be easy to develop a national formula for major drugs and that this would ensure that all Canadians have the “essential” drugs they need. Sounds good, doesn`t it? But what if it also meant that coverage was limited to these drugs? Is it good for patients? And how would this affect community pharmacies that are already absorbing the effects of the general agreement on prices? And what would that do with the drug shortage problem we face? It is difficult to know because none of the parties was clear about what their vision of national pharmaceutical care would take in any real detail. I guess if I had stopped 10 people on the street and asked them what a national pharmacare program was, I would have at least as many answers. Politicians have offered little beyond broad platitudes on this issue, although the provinces generally agree that they will need more funding from Ottawa, regardless of the program. Whatever the next government, it must be opposed that community pharmacists should be at the heart of all plans to design and implement a national pharmaceutical care programme. Of course, the starting point must be to define what the national pharmaceutical administration is? Is this a common formula for which all provinces agree? Is it a federally funded program that covers the coverage gaps that remain despite PharmaCare`s provincial programs and third-party benefit programs? Is it a nationally funded program that covers high-priced medicines and rare diseases? Until this edition of The Tablet is in your hands, Canada will have elected a new government. While I cannot predict the outcome, I know that the next federal government will take a few steps to launch a national pharmacare program. There are undoubtedly many different and legitimate views on how best to deal with the fear that some Canadians will not be able to afford the drugs they need and that rare diseases and new costly drug costs cannot be absorbed by standard provincial drug plans. But what worries me deeply is that the “debate” about a national pharmacare program has excluded the people who have the most to offer on this subject: Canadian pharmacists in the community.

The last Hoskins Committee itself had no pharmacists and reluctantly invited community pharmacies to provide “stakeholder” contributions. Pharmacists are not stakeholders. They are experts and best advocates for their patients on the issues related to drug shortages, gaps in drug coverage and ways to improve pharmaceutical screening programs. If you have questions about your pharmacy plan, how to access coverage or why a claim was denied, call health services at 1-855-550-5454. If you would like to register for the first time or verify your registration, please make your status number available and call the health services at 1-855-550-5454. 2. Some medications require a special PharmaCare authority for coverage. Ask your prescriptive if your medication requires special authority.

Coverage criteria, forms and collaborative prescribing agreements for limited-coverage drugs are provided on the pages containing the criteria for drug coverage available on the Special Authority`s Restricted Drug List website. They must be registered with health care to have access to the benefits of the pharmacy. This is especially important if you live in a community near the Yukon or Alberta borders. If you are in a border community, contact the pharmacy to find out if the pharmacy is registered with the PBC. Some elements and services are considered exclusions. Exclusions cannot be considered an exception and

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