Drug Manufacturer Submission Deadlines

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Important Submission Information

July 2020

The following information provides details on effective dates and deadlines for submitting Drug Product submissions to the Alberta Drug Benefit List (ADBL) for 2020 - 2021.

The following dates may be subject to change; however, you will be notified accordingly if such a change occurs.

Deadlines for Expedited Reviews of Interchangeable Drug Products

ADBL Effective Date Deadlines for Complete Submissions
September 1, 2020 July 24, 2020
October 1, 2020 August 25, 2020
November 1, 2020 September 25, 2020
December 1, 2020 October 26, 2020
February 1, 2021 December 1, 2020
March 1, 2021 January 25, 2021
May 1, 2021 March 25, 2021
June 1, 2021 April 26, 2021
July 1, 2021 May 25, 2021
August 1, 2021 June 25, 2021
September 1, 2021 July 26, 2021
October 1, 2021 August 25, 2021

Deadlines for all other Drug Product Submission Categories

ADBL Effective Date Deadlines for Complete Submissions
September 1, 2020 June 10, 2020
November 1, 2020 August 10, 2020
February 1, 2021 October 9, 2020
March 1, 2021 December 10, 2020
May 1, 2021 February 10, 2021
July 1, 2021 April 9, 2021
September 1, 2021 June 10, 2021
November 1, 2021 August 10, 2021

Manufacturers should note that only complete submissions, satisfying all the submission requirements of the applicable category of Drug Product received by 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard / Daylight Savings Time (as applicable) on the deadline, will be put forward for consideration by the Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics or Expedited Review, as applicable. There is no guarantee that every completed submission will be reviewed and/or a recommendation made at the next scheduled meeting of the Expert Committee.

Alberta Price Confirmation Tentative Dates

The Alberta Price Confirmation (APC) is issued prior to an ADBL publication. The APC is a requirement for listing on the ADBL. The APC Tentative Issue Dates are subject to change.

ADBL Effective Date APC Tentative Issue Date
February 1, 2021 December 8, 2020
March 1, 2021 February 2, 2021
April 1, 2021 - Full February 16, 2021
May 1, 2021 April 1, 2021
June 1, 2021 May 5, 2021
July 1, 2021 June 2, 2021
August 1, 2021 July 2, 2021
September 1, 2021 August 4, 2021
October 1, 2021 September 1, 2021
November 1, 2021 September 30, 2021
December 1, 2021 November 1, 2021


Manufacturers may provide submissions for consideration for potential addition to the Alberta Drug Benefit List (ADBL) via email to the following address: submissions@ab.bluecross.ca

Submissions sent to other email addresses will not be considered for potential addition to the ADBL. It is recommended that manufacturers place the drug name(s) and strength(s) of the submitted product(s) in the subject header in order to ensure that multiple emails can be easily associated with one another.

Manufacturers are reminded that hard copies of submissions must follow by mail and should be sent to the attention of:


Scientific and Research Services

Alberta Blue Cross

10009 – 108 Street NW

Edmonton AB T5J 3C5

A copy of covering correspondence and summary documents only should be forwarded to:

Executive Director

Pharmaceutical Funding and Guidance

Alberta Health

11th Floor, 10025 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton AB T5J 1S6

Questions or Comments

Questions or comments regarding the drug review process or submission deadlines can be addressed to:


Scientific and Research Services

Alberta Blue Cross

10009 – 108 Street NW

Edmonton AB T5J 3C5

Phone: 780-498-8098

Fax: 780-498-3534

Email: submissions@ab.bluecross.ca


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 Alberta Human Services.

Alberta Health 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.