Drug Benefit List
Search Steps and Tips
Search steps and tips
Follow these simple steps to confirm if a specific drug is included in the DBL publications.
- To search a DBL publication, first click on the PDF document
you wish to search (i.e. Refreshed DBL). Then, using the binocular
search icon (see below), type in the name of
the product or word you are looking for to initiate a search. To
find all listings of the same product, click the "Find again " icon
(see below) until the entire document has been
- If you know the specific product name or DIN, search the "Refreshed" for
all occurrences of the product to confirm the details of coverage.
Remember to use "Find again" until all listings have been
- If the "Refreshed" version does not appear in
the listing, please refer to the publications that are effective April
1st for all occurences.
- If you do not wish to search the entire listing, you can narrow
your search to the appropriate part of the ADBL by first finding
out where the product is listed. Do this by searching the Alphabetical
List of Pharmaceutical Products or Numerical
List by Drug Identification Number .
If a page number is indicated in the Alphabetical List of Pharmaceutical Products, or if you know the actual PTC classification of the product, go to the Listing of Benefits by PTC .
If a section number is indicated as part of the page number go to the appropriate section. For example, 3.2 refers to Section 3 page 2.
- To confirm the spelling of the product, search the Alphabetical
List of Pharmaceutical Products .
Do not use this list to confirm coverage—search the ADBL as
- If you do not locate the product you are looking for check the online
version of the DBL publications at www.health.alberta.ca/services/drug-benefit-list.html.
If you still cannot find the product listed, it is most likely not
included as an eligible benefit. If you have any further questions,
please check the Frequently asked questions or contact
Drug Benefit Supplement (DBS)
Prescription drug benefits for those covered under Alberta Human Services programs are found by searching both the Alberta Human Services Drug Benefit Supplement (HSDBS) and the ADBL.
The DBL publications have been saved in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF), meaning that it has many built-in features.
Searching: Click on the binoculars in
the menu bar at the top of the PDF screen to activate the search function.
This will bring up the following dialogue
Type in the word you are searching for:
The search results will be displayed as hyperlinks. Simply click on the first blue hyperlink and you will be taken to the page where the text appears. If this is not the correct reference you are looking for, click on the next hyperlink.
Enlarging the page image: Unlike other web pages, PDF pages can be enlarged on your monitor for better viewing. The top menu bar on PDF pages contains two different symbols which can be selected to change viewing magnification. One of these is the "zoom in tool," which looks like a magnifying glass and can be used either to click in the area you wish to enlarge, or to drag an enlarging rectangle. The other symbols represent three different page views, from left to right: "actual size,""fit in window," or "fit width."
At the bottom of the screen you can navigate through the
pages of the PDF by clicking the arrows.
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.