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Province adds 98 new drugs to Pharamcare program

The province is adding 98 new medications next week to its pharmacare program, including Afinitor, a drug that treats advanced renal cancer, pancreatic tumours and advanced breast cancer.

Health Minister Erin Selby made the announcement today.

She noted coverage is also being extended to Tecfidera, a drug for treating multiple sclerosis.

Other pharmaceuticals to be covered include:

❚ Acuvail, for the treatment of pain and inflammation after cataract surgery;

❚ Dificid, for treatment of c. difficile infections in adults;

❚ Epuris for the treatment of acne;

❚ Fycompa for the treatment of epilepsy; and

❚ Lodalis for the treatment of high blood cholesterol.

Pharmacare is a comprehensive prescription drug program in Manitoba. Benefits are based on family income. The program covers 100 per cent of eligible drug costs once the income-based deductible is reached.

Coverage of the new medications begins July 17.

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