Nova Scotia Pharmacare


The Nova Scotia Formulary details which drugs and devices are benefits under the Pharmacare Programs.

You can view and search the current Formulary in PDF format here. It is updated monthly.

Download Formulary in PDF format.

You can view our Criteria for Coverage of Exception Status Drugs and access our Forms for Exception Status Drug Requests.

Go to Exception Status Drugs page

Download Excel Format of Formulary for Vendors in Excel format here. It is updated monthly.

What is Included in the Formulary?

All medications in the Formulary are classified according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification System which groups chemically similar products according to their site of action and facilitates the comparison of new medicines with previously available medicines.

  • The Formulary also provides:
  • Brand or Manufacturer's name of the drug, including dosage form and/or route and strength
  • Prescriber codes associated with each benefit under the Pharmacare Programs. These codes indicate which benefits will be reimbursed when prescribed by a specific prescriber
  • Benefit status (plans for which the product is a benefit)
  • Drug Identification Number (DIN)
  • Abbreviation of manufacturer
  • Interchangeable product groups (indicated by products in the same box)
  • Reimbursement Levels

Please Note: The information contained in the Formulary requires knowledge to properly interpret and is intended primarily for use by physicians, pharmacists, and other health care practitioners involved in the prescribing, dispensing and administration of pharmaceuticals.

How to Search the Formulary

How to search for specific text and page content in the Formulary:

  • When viewing in a web browser, do one of the following to bring up the Quick Search bar:
    • Press “CTRL” + “F”
    • Select “Edit > Find” or “Find” in the web browser main menu
  • When viewing in a PDF Reader application (i.e., Adobe Acrobat), do one of the following:
    • Press “CTRL” + “F” for Quick Search
    • Press “SHIFT” + “CTRL” + “F” for Advanced Search
    • Right click on the document and choose "Find" from the pop-up menu
    • Select “Edit > Find” or “Edit > Advanced Search” in the main menu