iDBL - Search Tips

 

  1. I just ran a query and am unsure why some of the text is highlighted in blue?
  2. I don’t understand one of the acronyms in the menu. How can I find out what it means?
  3. How can I find out which products are interchangeable?
  4. I just made a search and it is far too broad for me to find exactly what I’m looking for. How can I search within my original query?
  5. How can I find out if something is an eligible benefit for a particular group?
  6. I used to search for a drug using the Pharmacologic-Therapeutic Classification (PTC). Am I still able to do this?
  7. In the search term section, when should I use “Begins With” and when should I use “Contains”?
  8. When should I use the “Show summary list” feature?
  9. I keep receiving the error message “There are no records to match the search criteria you entered. Please revise your criteria and re-submit your search.” when searching a particular product even after refining my search. What am I doing wrong?

1. I just ran a query and am unsure why some of the text is highlighted in blue?

The highlighted text will provide you with either more detailed data, reference information or will take you to a refined list.

For example:DIN search

  1. If you click on a highlighted DIN, you will be linked to another page that contains a variety of useful information about the drug, like the date the product was listed, interchangeability, manufacturer information and much more.
  2. If you click on a manufacturer code, you will be provided with a pop up page that outlines the manufacturer full name and contact information.
  3. If you click on a highlighted PTC code, you will be provided with a listing of all related drugs in that classification.

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2. I don’t understand one of the acronyms in the menu. How can I find out what it means?

Once you perform a query, there will be a link on the top left corner of your search results called “Glossary”. Just click on the link and you will be provided with a listing and definitions for many terms contained on the site.


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3. How can I find out which products are interchangeable?

Once you perform a query, you can find interchangeable information in the table. If the drug you are interested in has a highlighted “YES” under the "Interchangeable Products" column, than there are interchangeable products for that DIN. Just click on the “YES” and you will be provided with a listing of interchangeable products and quoted prices for the interchangeable grouping, along with the LCA or MAC price if one applies.

Interchangeable grouping

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4. I just made a search and it is far too broad for me to find exactly what I’m looking for. How can I search within my original query?

Once you perform a query, you will be provided with a link that gives you the option to refine your search. Just click on the “Refine this Search” button in the top right of the screen and you will be able to add additional parameters to your initial query.

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DIN search


5. How can I find out if something is an eligible benefit for a particular group?

If you’re unsure whether a particular product is covered as an eligible benefit for a specific group, you can easily find out by choosing the highlighted DIN or PIN for that product. This page will provide you with a great deal of information, including all of the government-sponsored programs for which the drug applies as an eligible benefit.

 

 

 

 


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6. I used to search for a drug using the Pharmacologic-Therapeutic Classification (PTC). Am I still able to do this?

Yes. In the main search page, there is a drop down menu that provides a listing of all the PTCs. Please note that some Classifications have more than one code. In order to obtain complete results, you will have to perform your query under all sections of the classification.

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7. In the search term section, when should I use “Begins With” and when should I use “Contains”?

Once you’ve identified whether you’re going to search for the generic name, brand name or by using the DIN/PIN, you will have to decide the best way to get the results you’re looking for.

  • “Begins With” should be used if you’re unsure of the spelling of a particular product, but know the first three letters. If searching for a DIN, ensure you include the leading zeros.
  • “Contains” should be used if you’re searching for a generic product or if you know a partial name of a product.

Please note that the search page will always default to the “Begins With” and “Generic Name” settings.

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8. When should I use the “Show summary list” feature?

If you know your query will result in a large number of search results, you may click on the Show summary list checkbox. This will condense your search results to the brand name, generic name and DIN and will enable you to easily search for your particular item.

Summary

Summary list

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9. I keep receiving the error message “There are no records to match the search criteria you entered. Please revise your criteria and re-submit your search.” when searching a particular product even after refining my search. What am I doing wrong?

If you have refined your search and are still receiving the message above, it is likely that the product you are inquiring about has never been reviewed for addition to the Alberta government-sponsored drug programs. Drugs that have been reviewed but not added to the government-sponsored programs will have a Coverage Status that indicates the product is “Not a Benefit.”

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NOTICE:
The DBL, DBS and related publications require knowledgeable interpretation and are intended primarily for professional health care practitioners, pharmacies, hospitals and organizations associated with the manufacture, distribution and use of pharmaceutical preparations.

Electronic versions of all DBL and DBS related publications are unofficial versions and are provided for convenience and private use only. Official paper versions can be obtained from Alberta Blue Cross who publishes them on behalf of Alberta Health and Wellness, Alberta Human Services, Children’s Services and Alberta Seniors (AISH).

Alberta Health and Wellness reserves the right to make changes, without notice, to the List through the Interactive DBL (iDBL), and any such changes to the Interactive DBL (iDBL) are effective the date of the change (unless otherwise stated) and regardless of the date of publication in the paper version or updates.