People must register for the program and be approved in order to receive coverage. Islanders are encouraged to apply online at http://www.healthpei.ca/genericdrugs or in person at Access PEI locations, pharmacies, physician offices or pharmacare offices.
Minister Currie said government is committed to increasing access to affordable medications and has made many improvements to provincial drug programs.
More than 250 drugs have been added to the provincial formulary since 2007, including many new cancer drugs. Several new drugs were added to the High Cost Drug Plan which helps Islanders who need a costly drug, have physician approval and meet the financial criteria. A Catastrophic Drug Plan was established in 2013 to assist families whose drug costs reach a point where they are impacting their ability to maintain essentials. A new Hepatitis C management program began earlier this year to move patients from treatment to cure. Prince Edward Island has played a leadership role in generic drug pricing which has allowed it to reinvest savings in other drug programs.