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Pharmacy Asymptomatic Testing Program

Albertans are encouraged to reach out to a participating pharmacy for more information about how to arrange a test.

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Prescription drug information

Updated: June 10, 2020

The Canadian Pharmacists Association encourages Canadians to have common non-prescription medications for cold, fever and allergies on hand and ensure their prescriptions are up-to-date.

Alberta Blue Cross is facilitating payment to pharmacies on behalf of Alberta Health to now provide service for screening and providing information about COVID-19 to patients. This new service allows pharmacists to claim an assessment fee of up to $20 to a maximum of five claims per pharmacy per day.

To ensure all Albertans have continued access to essential medications and to help pharmacists manage drug supplies, the Alberta government has provided guidance, as of March 19, that pharmacies provide a maximum 30-day supply of prescription drugs, effective immediately.

Pharmacists across Alberta are receiving a large number of requests from customers to stockpile medications and in order to protect the medication supply and ensure that everyone receives the medications they need, the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management have recommended this restriction.

The government has recognized that the above change may mean you will be required to fill prescriptions more often, so they have implemented program changes to mitigate against out-of-pocket expenses for the Coverage for Seniors and Non-Group Coverage programs.

Those with Coverage for Seniors and Non-Group Coverage will pay a lower co-payment of up to $8 per prescription. The current co-payment is up to $25 per prescription for up to 100 day supply.

Alberta Blue Cross® plan members with coverage through employer-group sponsored benefit plans and individual health plans whose plans currently provide 90 to 100 days maximum days’ supply are encouraged to follow the advice and counsel of their pharmacist regarding the 30 days’ supply restriction.

To find out if a specific drug is affected by a shortage or supply chain issue, you are encouraged to ask your pharmacist when filling your prescriptions.

Albertans can access information on specific drug shortages at the Drug Shortages Canada website, where companies are required to report all actual and anticipated shortages within specific time frames. Health Canada has also published a list of critical drugs that are in high demand or in shortage. A list will also be available for pharmacies on the Alberta Blue Cross website.