Printable DBL Search Tips

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Printable DBL and Related Publications - Search Steps and Tips

Follow these simple steps to confirm if a specific drug is included in the DBL publications.

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Alberta Human Services Drug Benefit Supplement (HSDBS)

Prescription drug benefits for those covered under Alberta Human Services programs are found by searching both the HSDBS and the ADBL.

How to Search

The ADBL publications have been saved in Adobe Acrobat Format (PDF), meaning that it has many built-in features. Below we explore basic and full acrobat searching.

Basic Searching:

Click “Edit” in the menu bar at the top of the PDF screen to locate the “Find” function or use shortcut keys CTRL + F.

Adobe Acrobat edit window with find highlighted

This will bring up the following dialogue box.

Adobe Acrobat find pop up

Type in the word you are searching for. Click the “Enter” key or select “Next” to navigate or use shortcut keys CTRL + G.

Adobe Acrobat find pop up with text

Full Acrobat Searching:

Click “Edit” in the menu bar at the top of the PDF to locate the “Find” function. Click the down arrow in the search bar and select “Open Full Acrobat Search” or use shortcut keys Shift+CTRL+F.

Adobe Acrobat find dialogue dropdown with open full acrobat search highlighted

Type the word you are searching for and click “Search”.

Adobe Acrobat find pop up

The search results will be displayed as hyperlinks. Simply click on any hyperlink and you will be taken to the page where the text appears. If this is not the reference you are looking for, click on the next hyperlink.

Adjusting size of page:

PDF pages can be adjusted in size on your monitor for better viewing. You can select your zoom percentage, adjust to fit window width or adjust to fit to full page window.

Adobe Acrobat edit window with find highlighted

Navigating the document:

At the top of the screen, you can navigate through the pages of the PDF by clicking the arrows or typing the page number then “Enter”.

Adobe Acrobat find pop up


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.