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Volunteer Advocate

Access to Medicines

Access to medicines is one of Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s key advocacy priorities. Timely access to CF medications improves health outcomes and helps Canadians with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives. This benefits not only the individual patient and their family, but Canada’s public health system as well.

All Canadians with cystic fibrosis deserve equitable access to life enhancing medicines and therapies no matter which province they live in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There is disparity between provincial formulary listings for the provinces; many current medications listed for coverage under provincial plans have conditional criteria that delay or deny access for some, while other plans do not list standard CF medications for reimbursement.

Our advocacy initiatives have successfully contributed to coverage of Cayston©, TOBI and TOBI PODHALER in British Columbia, and improved access to Cayston© in Ontario.

Visit our Raising Our Voice page to see how we are advocating for equitable access to medicines across Canada, and to learn how you can join the fight.

To stay up to date with access to, and supply interruptions of, various CF medications, check out our CF Advocacy Blog. Be sure to check back with this page as we update our Access to Medicines information.

Choose a province to see which medicines are available in your region
ADVAIR®
Special Authorization required
AquaDEKs®/Source CF
Covered by Plan D under the rules of a patient’s primary PharmaCare plan
CAYSTON®
Special Authorization required
CIPRO®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
COLY-MYCIN®
Covered by Plan C, F, B and I
COTAZYM®
Fully covered under Plan D
CREON®
Fully covered under Plan D
FLOVENT®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
Hyper-Sal®
Covered by Plan D under the rules of a patient’s primary PharmaCare plan
Ibuprofen
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
KALYDECO™
Considered case by case
PANCREASE®
Fully covered under Plan D
PULMOZYME®
Considered case by case
Salbutamol
Covered by Plan P, I and Special Authorization
TOBI Podhaler®
Special Authorization required
TOBI®
Special Authorization required
Tobramycin®
Open benefit
ULTRASE®
Open benefit
URSO DS®
Covered by Plan C, F, B and I
ZITHROMAX®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
Listed on Formulatry
Special Authorization
Not Available
Under Review
Case by Case
Through Hospital
Descriptions

ADVAIR®

inhaled steroid treatment for asthma

AquaDEKs®/Source CF

Vitamins A, D, E and K supplement

CAYSTON®

(aztreonam) inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of CF

CIPRO®

antibiotic

COLY-MYCIN®

antibiotic

COTAZYM®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

CREON®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

FLOVENT®

inhaled steroid treatment Open benefit

Hyper-Sal®

(hypertonic saline) to draw more water into the airways and make it easier to cough out the mucus.

Ibuprofen

anti-inflammatory to slow the rate of lung function decline

KALYDECO™

(ivacaftor) a pill for people ages 6 and older who have the G551D mutation of CF which helps the defective CFTR protein work at the surface of the cell

PANCREASE®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

PULMOZYME®

(dornase alfa) is an inhaled medication used to help thin the mucus

Salbutamol

bronchodilator Open benefit

TOBI Podhaler®

(tobramycin) inhaled antibiotic with Podhaler device to help fight the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

TOBI®

(tobramycin) inhaled antibiotic to help fight the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

Tobramycin®

antibiotic

ULTRASE®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

URSO DS®

(ursodiol) helps to increase the amount of bile and to increase bile flow to aid digestion

ZITHROMAX®

(azithromycin) is a commonly used antibiotic to treat pneumonia

This chart contains information from publically accessible online provincial formularies and is updated quarterly. Some medication may not be listed on the formulary but may still be eligible for reimbursement through the CF clinic, while others may have co-pay or deductible restrictions. Please contact your CF team for further information on what CF medicines are right for you and reimbursement criteria.

This chart contains information from publically accessible online provincial formularies and is updated quarterly. Some medication may not be listed on the formulary but may still be eligible for reimbursement through the CF clinic, while others may have co-pay or deductible restrictions. Please contact your CF team for further information on what CF medicines are right for you and reimbursement criteria.

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