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Medical Assistance in Dying: acquiring the medication from a community pharmacy

Information for prescribers

​posted Feb. 23, 2017

The following notice is a clarification for NPs providing medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

When MAiD drugs need to be purchased from a community pharmacy, in order for patients to get 100% coverage, the prescriber must:

  • Complete the Application for PharmaCare Medication Coverage for Medical Assistance in Dying form.
  • Send the form to the Ministry of Health PharmaCare Special Authority branch (not to a Health Authority or the BC Coroners Service).
  • Fax this form, along with the completed Identification and Declaration, Intravenous Drug Regimen and the Oral Drug Regimen sections of the British Columbia Medical Assistance in Dying Prescription, to the Ministry of Health Special Authority at 1-800-609-4884.

Please note that:

  1. The special authority form should be submitted as soon as possible, to ensure approval before the drugs are required.
  2. The special authority is approved for a period of 60 days, which can be extended upon request.
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