Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients

Nova Scotia Pharmacare

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients

The Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program is a provincial drug insurance plan designed to help Nova Scotians with the cost of certain cancer-related drugs and supplies. The program is designed to assist low-income Nova Scotians who do not have drug coverage.

Benefits

The Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program pays for drugs and devices which are indicated as benefits in the Nova Scotia Formulary.

Benefits include chemotherapeutic agents, pain medications, antiemetic agents, and laxatives for use with chronic opioid therapy. Some medications are considered exception status drugs and require a prescriber’s request for approval. Other agents that are directly related to a patient’s cancer therapy can be considered by the Pharmacare Office upon receipt of a written request from the prescriber.  

Eligibility

You may apply if you have been diagnosed with cancer and:

  • are a resident of Nova Scotia with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card,
  • have a gross family income no greater than $15,720 per year, and
  • do not have drug coverage under any other drug program, except Family Pharmacare.

Enrolment

Complete a Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program – Registration Form and mail or fax it, with a copy of the most recent Income Tax Notice of Assessment or Reassessment from Canada Revenue Agency for the person applying, their parent(s) or guardian(s), spouse or common-law partner, to:

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients
Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs
PO Box 500
Halifax NS, B3J 2S1
Fax: (902) 468-9402

If you have any questions regarding the assistance provided or the application process, please call 496-7001 or toll free 1-800-305-5026.

Cost

Once approved, patients do not pay for the drugs and devices which are benefits of the Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program.

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients- Questions and Answers

Find answers to common questions about the Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program.

Go to Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program Questions and Answers page

Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients - Registration Form

Use this form to apply for the Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program.

Download the Registration Form in PDF format

Benefits and Reimbursement

Read common questions and answers to frequently asked questions about Pharmacare Program benefits and reimbursement.

Go to Benefits and Reimbursement page

Contact

By Mail:
Drug Assistance for Cancer Patients Program
Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs
PO Box 500
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2S1

In Person:
Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program
Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs
230 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS

By Phone:
Telephone: 902-496-7001
Toll Free: 1-800-305-5026

By Fax:
902-468-9402