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Manitoba Covering 153 Additional Drugs Under Pharmacare

January 18, 2013 2:50 PM | News


By Sarah Klein

PillsThe Manitoba government has added 153 new drugs to be covered by the provincial pharmacare program.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald says the province will save $2.9 million annually by the move, which will reduce prescription drug costs and provide more treatment options for patients and health-care providers.

“By adding these drugs to the formulary, we are offering more choice and significant savings to families dealing with a broad range of serious medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, colitis and Crohn’s disease,” Oswald said.

Drugs being added include:

  • Brilinta for reducing the risk of heart attack
  • Mezavant for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Protopic for the treatment of moderate to severe eczema
  • Uloric for the treatment of gout
  • Vimpat for the treatment of partial-onset epileptic seizures
  • Complera for HIV therapy

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