Manitoba Covering 153 Additional Drugs Under Pharmacare

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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