Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia Pharmacare is a service offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to help cover the costs of prescription drugs. To be eligible for Pharmacare services, you must first be eligible for Nova Scotia Medical Service Insurance.

What types of programs are there for me?

There are a number of different programs that Nova Scotia offers. Below is a summary of these programs.

What drugs are covered?

In the Nova Scotia Formulary you will find a list of drugs that Nova Scotia Pharmacare will cover. You can use the formulary to search for drugs covered under the Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Program, the Community Services Pharmacare Programs, and Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients program.

Nova Scotia Formulary

What is Exception Status?

If there is a drug you are looking for, and it is not covered in the formulary, applying for Exception Status Drugs may be for you. There are a number of drugs that are only eligible for coverage when an individual meets Exception Status Criteria. Drugs obtained in this manner are known as 'Exception Status Drugs'. You can download forms for Exception Status Drug Requests from Nova Scotia Pharmacare's Web site.

After an application is submitted, you will usually get a reply within seven days. Urgent requests may get a response more quickly. Patients are notified by a letter if their request is approved. Patients may then bring this letter to the pharmacy to verify that coverage has been approved.

What are the costs?

Read more about reimbursement procedures.

What coverage is there for hepatitis C medications?

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

Consideration for travelers

If you have a physician from another province prescribe a drug for you, you can still receive that drug from a Nova Scotia pharmacy. Be aware however, that you may not be covered by your home province. It is best to speak with your pharmacist first.

If you are planning to move to Nova Scotia, 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.