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Cancer, Kidney, Transplant, and HIV/AIDS Medication

​PharmaC​are Transition Bulletin:

Cancer, Renal (Kidney), Transplant, HIV/AIDS Medication​

On October 1, 2017, the FNHA joined PharmaCare and became part of the provincial drug benefits insurance program. If you have a health condition supported by a provincial agency please speak to your doctor to ensure you are enrolled. These agencies provide prescription drugs for specific conditions. While you enroll, a six-month transition period is in place until April 1, 2018 to ensure you continue to receive the medications you need.

Information for clients with:

• A cancer diagnosis (BC Cancer Agency)

• A solid organ transplant (BC Transplant Agency)

• Chronic Kidney Disease (BC Renal Agency)

• HIV/AIDS (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

BC Cancer Agency

If you are living in BC, with active MSP, and are diagnosed with cancer, you should be registered with the BC Cancer Agency. If you are not sure if you are registered, contact your family doctor. 

How to Obtain Cancer Medication:

As a patient registered with the BC Cancer Agency, you could receive certain cancer treatment medications free of charge at one of the BC Cancer Agency or Community Oncology Network pharmacies. Please visit or call your closest BC Cancer Agency or Community Oncology Network pharmacy to discuss the best option for getting your medications. Find BC Cancer Agency clinic locations.

Travelling Out of the Province:

If you plan to travel out of the province, we suggest you bring enough medications for the time you are away from home. Please talk to your BC Cancer Agency or Community Oncology Network pharmacy about the maximum allowable refill amount.

If you are intending to seek cancer treatment out of the province, we suggest you contact the BC Cancer Agency to discuss out-of-province coverage policies. 

BC Transplant

Registering with BC Transplant:

If you are living in BC, with an active MSP, and have received a solid organ transplant, you should be registered with BC Transplant. If you received a solid organ transplant outside of BC, please contact your transplant clinic as soon as possible to get registered in BC Transplant's program.

How to Obtain Transplant Medication:

As a transplant recipient registered with BC Transplant, your transplant treatment medications are covered when you fill them at one of BC Transplant's partner pharmacies. Please visit or call your closest BC Transplant partner pharmacy to discuss the best option for getting your medications. Find BC Transplant Centres, Clinics & Pharmacies.

Travelling Out of the Province:

If you plan to travel out of the province, we suggest you bring enough medications for the time you are away from home. Please talk to your BC Transplant pharmacy about the maximum allowable refill amount. 

BC Renal Agency

How to Enroll:

If you are living in BC, with an active MSP, and have chronic kidney disease, your kidney specialist (also called a nephrologist) should have registered you with the BC Renal Agency. If you have chronic kidney disease and have not seen a kidney specialist, discuss with your primary care provider whether a referral is appropriate for you.

How to Obtain Medication:

As a patient registered with the BC Renal Agency, you have access to additional coverage for medications related to kidney disease when prescribed by a nephrologist and dispensed at any of the 30+ BC Renal Agency partner pharmacies. The extent of coverage depends on your stage of the kidney disease journey. If you are unable to visit a partner pharmacy, please contact your closest BC Renal partner pharmacy to discuss mail/courier options. Find a list of BC Renal Agency community pharmacies here. The BC Renal Agency website also includes a range of handouts on both prescription and non-prescription medications, found here.

Travelling Out of the Province:

If you plan to travel out of province, we suggest you bring enough medications to cover the time you are away from home.  Please talk to your BC Renal Agency community pharmacy about the maximum allowable refill amount. 

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

How to Enroll:

All BC residents with active MSP and an HIV diagnosis are eligible for antiretroviral medications through the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Drug Treatment Program. Speak with your doctor to check if you are enrolled.

How to Obtain Medication:

Clients are advised to discuss a drug pick-up plan with their physician. Clients can either arrange to pick-up their drugs at a BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS partnered pharmacy or may request to have drugs shipped to a community pharmacy or a medical clinic. Find BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Dispensing Locations here. To discuss possible arrangements, contact the St. Paul Hospital's pharmacy at 1-888-511-6222. Your physician will need to complete the enrolment and prescription request form found at http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/drug-treatment-program/how-obtain-hiv-medication .

Out of Province:

FNHA clients travelling out of province are advised to fill up to their maximum allowable amount before their trip. Contact St. Paul's Hospital Pharmacy (1-888-511-6222) if you have any questions.​

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