Seniors' Drug Program
If you are age 65 or older, you are eligible for coverage of the cost of approved medications through the Seniors’ Drug Program.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the program if you:
- are a permanent PEI resident as defined by the Drug Cost Assistance Act;
- have a valid PEI Health Card; and
- are age 65 or older.
How do I apply?
There is no application process. You are automatically enrolled when you turn 65 years old.
How much of the medication cost will be covered?
For each eligible prescription you fill, you will pay $8.25 plus $7.69 of the pharmacy professional fee. Any remaining cost will be 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, [PDF | 2.3 MB] 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?
You can fill your prescription at any community retail pharmacy located in Prince Edward Island.
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.
Will my medications be eligible for coverage if they are filled at an out of province pharmacy?
Claims are eligible for manual submission only if the medication or any formulation of the medication cannot be dispensed through a PEI pharmacy.
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