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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

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Cost Information on Medications
Medications Excluded from BC Fair PharmaCare

Drugs that Require "Special Authority"

There are some medications your physician may prescribe which are not covered by the Fair PharmaCare program. Some examples include G-CSF, Voriconazole, Valtrex, Rabeprazole and all other Proton Pump Inhibitors.

If a doctor prescribes a drug that is not covered on the PharmaCare list, a “Special Authority” request form MUST be completed by the attending physician and then submitted to the PharmaCare program.

The medication must be approved by PharmaCare PRIOR to the prescription being filled. This process may take several days. If the medication is authorized, then it is considered a PharmaCare drug for that individual. The length of the PharmaCare coverage is different for every “Special Authority” medication. Another "Special Authority" form will have to be submitted if the drug is required after the first coverage expires.

Note that the BC Fair PharmaCare Program will not pay retroactively for prescriptions filled prior to “Special Authority” being approved.

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Chemotherapy Drugs

All chemotherapy drugs are provided free of charge from the BC Cancer Agency. Individuals purchasing these drugs must have a registration number. If you are a patient of the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, you should automatically have a registration number.

Cyclosporine, Tacrolimus & FK506

Cyclosporine, Tacrolimus and FK506 are provided free of charge for transplant patients from Lancaster Pharmacy at 601 West Broadway (Tel. 604-873-8585). Patients must pay the dispensing fee.

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For Fluconazole, there is a group “Special Authority” in place for all BMT patients at all pharmacies. However, the prescription must be signed by a BMT physician. Patients must pay the dispensing fees.


Prednisone is provided free of charge from the BC Cancer Agency, if it is part of a chemotherapy treatment, NOT for the treatment of GVHD.

BC Cancer Agency
Compassionate Access Program (CAP)

Please note that you may also be eligible for assistance with drug coverage under the BC Cancer Agency Compassionate Access Program (CAP).

See the list of drugs covered under CAP. For further information and how to apply, please speak to your BMT social worker.

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