Nova Scotia Pharmacare


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

To perform a basic search for specific text in the Formulary:

  • Press CTRL-F (PC) or Command (⌘)-F (Macintosh). A search box will be displayed in the upper right of the screen. Type the word or phrase you want to search for in the entry field. Use the small left and right arrows in the search box to skip to the previous or next instance of the searched-for word or phrase.

  • Open the document in your PDF reader on your mobile phone and enter your search criteria using the Search function.

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

Download Nova Scotia 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

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.