Nursing Home Drug Program
If you are a resident in a private nursing home, you may be eligible for coverage of approved medication costs through the Nursing Home Drug Program.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the program if you:
- have a PEI Health Card;
- are a permanent resident in a private nursing home; and
- qualify for financial assistance through the Social Assistance Program.
How do I apply?
Your long-term care facility will notify the administrating pharmacy.
How much of the medication cost will be covered?
All costs of approved prescription and non-prescription 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 | 34 KB] 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.
What if I have private insurance?
You or your pharmacy must submit all claims to your private insurer first. The remaining out-of-pocket eligible expense can then be submitted to PEI Pharmacare for assessment.
Where can I get my medication?
Medications will be provided by your nursing home.
Will I get a refund for medication I 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 can I contact PEI Pharmacare?
16 Fitzroy Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4947
Toll free: 1-877-577-3737