Drug Programs

You may be eligible for coverage or cost assistance of approved medications and supplies if you meet the financial criteria, or if you have a medical condition identified in one of the following Drug Programs:

AIDS/HIV Drug Program 

The AIDS/HIV Drug Program covers the full cost for eligible AIDS/HIV medications.

Catastrophic Drug Program

The Catastrophic Drug Program caps the amount of money you pay in one year for prescription medications, based on your household income.

Children in Care Drug Program

 The cost of approved prescription and non-prescription medications are covered for children under temporary or permanent care of the Director of Child Welfare. 

Community Mental Health Drug Program 

The Community Mental Health Drug Program covers the full cost of long-acting injectable antipsychotic medication for approved patients.

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Program 

The Cystic Fibrosis Drug Program covers the full cost of approved prescription and non-prescription medications.

Diabetes Drug Program

 The Diabetes Drug Program provides assistance toward the cost of approved medications and supplies.

Erythropoietin Drug Program 

The Erythropoietin Drug Program covers the cost of treatment for anemia so that individuals with chronic renal failure or who are on kidney dialysis will not require frequent blood transfusions.

Family Health Benefit Drug Program 

The Family Health Benefit Drug Program supports low-income families by covering the cost of approved prescription medications for children under the age of 18, or under the age of 25 if a child is a registered full time student. 

Financial Assistance Drug Program 

The Financial Assistance Drug Program covers the cost of approved prescription and non-prescription medications for clients receiving Social Assistance.

Generic Drug Program

The Prince Edward Island Generic Drug Program is for Islanders under the age of 65 who do not have insurance. The program is designed to limit out-of-pocket costs for eligible generic prescription drugs to a maximum cost of $19.95.

Growth Hormone Drug Program 

The Growth Hormone Drug Program covers the cost of approved growth hormone supplements for approved clients. 

Hepatitis Drug Program 

The Hepatitis Drug Program covers the cost of approved medications for approved individuals diagnosed with hepatitis, or in close contact to someone who has hepatitis.

High Cost Drug Program 

The High Cost Drug Program helps pay for approved medications of certain illnesses. Coverage is based on household income. 

The program assists the following medical conditions:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis;
  • Cancer;
  • Crohn’s Disease;
  • Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Plaque Psoriasis;
  • Pulmonary Hypertension;
  • Psoriatic Arthritis;
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis; and
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Home Oxygen Program 

The Home Oxygen Program subsidizes the cost of eligible expenses related to using prescribed oxygen at home. 

Immunization Program 

The Immunization Program provides Public Health Nursing with vaccinations to assist in the prevention of communicable diseases.

Institutional Pharmacy Program 

The Institutional Pharmacy Program provides coverage of medications for residents in any government manor.

Insulin Pump Program

 The Insulin Pump Program provides coverage of approved medications and supplies for children and youth under the age of 19 who require an insulin pump to manage their diabetes. Coverage is based on household income.

Meningitis Drug Program 

At the Chief Public Health Officer’s request, the Meningitis Drug Program will provide coverage of approved medications to treat meningitis. 

Nursing Home Drug Program 

The Nursing Home Drug Program provides coverage of approved medications for residents in any community care facility. 

Nutrition Services Program 

The Nutrition Services Program provides coverage of approved vitamin and mineral supplements for pregnant women approved through this program.  

Phenylketonuria (PKU) Supplement Program 

The Phenylketonuria (PKU) Supplement Program provides coverage of approved nutritional supplements to treat PKU through a community nutritionist.  

Quit Smoking Drug Program 

The Quit Smoking Drug Program provides coverage of approved medications through the Smoking Cessation Program.

Rabies Vaccine Program

 The Rabies Vaccine Program provides coverage of rabies vaccinations at all hospitals across Prince Edward Island.  

Seniors' Drug Program 

The Seniors' Drug Program provides coverage of approved medications for seniors age 65 and older.  

Sexually Transmitted Disease Drug Program 

The Sexually Transmitted Disease Drug Program covers the cost for approved medications to treat sexually transmitted diseases.

Transplant Anti-rejection Drug Program 

The Transplant Anti-rejection Drug Program will cover the cost of approved immunosuppressant medications for transplant patients.

Tuberculosis Drug Program 

The Tuberculosis Drug Program will cover the cost of approved medications to treat and prevent tuberculosis.

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: 
October 20, 2015
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