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Manitoba, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living announced July 17 at a news conference that Manitoba government has added 137 drugs to the provincial formulary, including 109 generic medications, media reports said.
Cameron Friesen. Image credit: Website
“Manitobans dealing with a number of conditions and disorders will now have help in paying for their prescription medications,” said Friesen in a news release. “Medications can be costly and by adding these drugs to the formulary, we are providing better access and lessening the financial burden so patients can focus on being well.”
Drugs added to the formulary include Akynzeo – for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with some forms of chemotherapy; Enstilar – for the treatment of psoriasis; Mezera – for the treatment of ulcerative colitis; Prevymis – for the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection; Radicava – for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Sublocade – for the treatment of opioid use disorder; Truxima – for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; and, Velphoro – for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with end-stage renal disease.
Friesen noted that since April 1, 2016, 1,211 drugs have been added to the provincial formulary.
To be eligible for the coverage to medications being added to the formulary Pharmacare, Manitoban patients would have to meet the pharmacare criteria.
Coverage for the new drugs will be effective July 16.