PEI Pharmacare Formulary

The PEI Pharmacare Formulary [PDF | 3.15 MB] is a list of prescription medications and medical supplies approved for coverage through PEI Pharmacare. The formulary is reviewed and updated continuously.

What is the Health PEI Formulary Drugs for Oncology?

The Health PEI Formulary Drugs for Oncology [PDF | 2.88 MB] is a list of oncology medications that are funded by Health PEI through one of two funding channels:
  1. PEI Pharmacare (dispensed from community pharmacies)
  2. Cancer Treatment Centre Formulary (dispensed and administered at PEI oncology sites) 

How do medications get added to the formulary?

The Drug Cost Assistance Act sets out governance for formulary establishment and maintenance.

Scientific and economic information, as well as recommendations from the Atlantic Common Drug Review (ACDR), the Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC), the Pan Canadian Oncology Drug Review Committee (P-CODR) or PEI Provincial Drugs and Therapeutics can influence whether a drug should be listed or recommended as a program benefit.

The drugs are listed according to the therapeutic categories developed by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

For the most recent additions to the PEI Pharmacare Formulary please click here.

What if the medication I need is not currently on the formulary?

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

What are special authorization medications?

Some medications in the PEI Pharmacare Formulary are approved on a special authorization basis only. These medications are only covered if you condition meets the funding criteria outlined on the PEI Pharmacare Formulary. If your condition is not included in the PEI Pharmacare Formulary, the medication will not be eligible for coverage. If your physician prescribes a drug in this category, he or she should complete and submit a Standard Authorization Request Form [PDF| 34 KB]

What if I want to substitute a brand name drug for the generic drug listed on the formulary?

Unless special authorization is granted, you will have to pay the standard co-pay amount plus any cost difference between your requested brand-name product and the less expensive product on the formulary.

What medications are excluded from the formulary?

The following product classes are excluded from the PEI Pharmacare Formulary (exceptions are listed in the formulary):

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) or non-prescription medications (with some exceptions);
  • Weight-loss products;
  • Soaps, cleansers and shampoo;
  • Oral ergoloid mesylates (Hydergine);
  • Peripheral vasodilators (Arlidin);
  • Combination anti-spasmodic/sedative products (Donnatal,Librax, Stelabid);
  • Combination sedative/analgesic products (Fiorinal, Tecnal);
  • Allergy serums;
  • Impotence and infertility treatments;
  • Diagnostic agents (excluding diabetes); and
  • Prostheses, medical devices, appliances and supplies including first aid supplies and syringes.
  • Medications dispensed by a pharmacy not located in Prince Edward Island

Is there a limit to the amount of medication government will pay for at one time?

All PEI Pharmacare programs have a maximum allowable supply of drugs that will be covered at one time. These limits are in place to reduce medication waste and to prevent potential risks associated with storing large quantities of medication at home.

How do 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: 
July 26, 2023
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