HIV Drug Program

If you require HIV medication, you may be eligible for coverage of approved medication costs through the HIV Drug Program.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for the program if you have a PEI Health Card and:

  • test positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
  • are diagnosed with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); or
  • have a non-work related needle-stick injury and do not have private medical insurance.

How do I apply?

  1. Your physician must submit a request for registration in the HIV Drug Program to the Chief Public Health Office.
  2. Once your diagnosis and referral to the program have been approved by the Chief Public Health Officer, your name will be forwarded to the Provincial Pharmacy.

How much of the medication cost will be covered?

All costs of approved medications are covered by the program.    

What if my medication is not listed in the PEI Pharmacare Formulary?

Some medications in the PEI Pharmacare Formulary are approved on a special authorization basis only. If your physician prescribes a drug in this category, he or she can submit a Standard Special Authorization Request form [PDF | 34KB] to have a medication considered for coverage.

If your medication is not included in the PEI Pharmacare Formulary, it will not be eligible for coverage.  

Where can I get my medication?

Once you are registered with the program, you can pick up your medications at the Provincial Pharmacy. If you cannot pick up your medications, you can pay the courier cost and have them delivered to your home. 

Will I get a refund for medication I have already purchased?

Coverage is not retroactive; you will not be reimbursed for medications you have already purchased.

What if I move away from PEI?

Your eligibility for this program will end the day you leave PEI to take up residency elsewhere.

How do I contact the Chief Public Health Office?

Chief Public Health Office
Department of Health and Wellness
16 Fitzroy Street
Sullivan Building
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone: (920) 368-4996

How can I contact PEI Pharmacare?

PEI Pharmacare 
16 Fitzroy Street
Sullivan Building
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-4947 
Toll free: 1-877-577-3737


Published date: 
November 2, 2020
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