Expert Committees

Electronic Formulary Submissions to the Department of Health and Wellness

Drug submissions for Formulary consideration need to be submitted electronically through a secure file transfer site (portal). The manufacturer needs to email to access to the portal for the first time.

The manufacturer will be sent a link to a secure portal to submit the documents. Once a manufacturer has submitted through this process once, all subsequent submissions can be made the same way, using the same portal link.

Oncology submissions should also be directed to the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program at

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Department of Health and Wellness at

Expert Committees

Formulary Advisory Committees

Assesses the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs that do not fall under the mandates of the National Common Drug Review (CDR) or the Pan Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR), and provides formulary listing recommendations to the provincially funded drug plans in Atlantic Canada.

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Conducts objective, rigorous reviews of the clinical, cost-effectiveness, and patient evidence for drugs, and also provides formulary listing recommendations to Canada’s publicly funded drug plans (except Quebec).

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Determines interchangeability among pharmaceutical products and recommends to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness those products which will appear as interchangeable in the Nova Scotia Formulary.

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Assesses cancer drugs and makes recommendations to the provinces and territories to guide their drug funding decisions.

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Research, Review, and Education

Provides Nova Scotia with a structure to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational interventions that address drug utilization issues in the province.

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