Starting April 1, 2023, PharmaCare is now paying for many prescription contraceptives for any B.C. resident. A prescription is required for oral contraceptive pills, copper and hormonal IUDs, hormone injection, and hormone implant. No prescription is needed for the morning-after pill, which is also fully covered. Non-prescription contraceptives (e.g., condoms) are not covered by PharmaCare.
Contraceptives can be prescribed for any reason (including non-contraceptive use, such as osteoporosis prevention). No special authority is required for alternative uses.
Some products are only partially covered (for example, if you choose to use the brand name product). Prescribers have been asked to prescribe fully covered contraceptives (or switch a prescription to one that is fully covered). Below is a list of the available options and expected coverage.
WHAT EXACTLY IS COVERED?
- Alysena, Aviane (Alesse brand name is only partially covered)
- Apri, Freya, Mirvala (Marvelon brand name is only partially covered)
- Jencycla, Movisse
- Mya (Yaz brand name is only partially covered)
- Ovima, Portia (Min-Ovral brand name is only partially covered)
- Tri-Cira, Tri-Jordyna
- Zamine (Yasmin brand name is only partially covered)
- Mona Lisa
Emergency Oral Contraceptives
- Contingency One, Backup Plan
- One-Step (Plan B brand name is only partially covered)