Newfoundland and Labrador


Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) provides prescription drug coverage to residents, and the Program is administered under the Newfoundland Department of Health and Community Services.

What types of plans are there for me?

There are five plans that you should be aware of. Each plan targets a different population. Click on the titles for more information.

1) The Foundation Plan

  • Provides full coverage of eligible prescription drugs for those currently receiving income support benefits through the Department of Advanced Education and Skills.
  • Provides full coverage for certain individuals receiving services through the Regional Health Authorities, including children in the care of Child, Youth and Family Services, and individuals in supervised care.

2) The 65 Plus Plan

  • Provides coverage of eligible prescription drugs to residents 65 years of age and older receiving Old Age Security benefits (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
  • An Ostomy Subsidy Program (OSP) is also available for individuals who qualify for a drug card under The 65 Plus Plan. The OSP will reimburse 75% of the retail cost of benefit ostomy items.

3) The Access Plan

  • Provides individuals and families with low incomes access to eligible prescription medications. The amount of coverage is determined by net income level and family status.
  • Families who qualify for the Access Plan are automatically eligible for specified dental health care services for children ages 13-17. Services are administered under the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Health Program.

4) The Assurance Plan

  • Offers protection for individuals and families against the financial burden of eligible high drug costs.
  • Annual out-of-pocket eligible drug costs will be capped at 5, 7.5, or 10 per cent of net family income.

5) The Select Needs Plan

  • Provides full coverage for disease specific medications and supplies for residents with Cystic Fibrosis and Growth Hormone Deficiency. These benefits are supplied through an exclusive arrangement with Eastern Health.

What is Special Authorization?

Special Authorization allows you to get coverage for drugs that are not in the formulary, or are not normally covered. For more information on Special Authorization, see Special Authorization Drug Products. To see what the Special Authorization criteria is for specific drugs, download the criteria for the coverage of Special Authorization Drugs.

What coverage is there for hepatitis C medications?

For specific information on coverage for hepatitis C medications, visit's Treament Coverage in Your Region.

Considerations for travelers

If you have a drug prescribed to you by a doctor outside of Newfoundland, you cannot receive that drug from a Newfoundland pharmacy. Please speak with your pharmacist beforehand.

If you are planning to move to Newfoundland, be aware that you will not be able to receive prescription drug coverage until you qualify as a resident of the province, which may take several months.