The health ministry says thousands of eligible British Columbians are benefiting from expanded coverage for drugs that make it easier or more effective to treat their conditions.
BC Pharmacare is launching new or expanded coverage for a range of drugs since late last year, a health ministry statement said.
The drugs treat conditions including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, severely low blood sugar, migraines, low white blood cell levels, multiple sclerosis, and heart failure.
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The ministry says the new treatment covered for colitis or Crohn’s disease can be administered by the patient instead of requiring a trip to the clinic, while a nasal spray is now available to treat low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, which has led to thousands of patients. Routine injections end for people. with that condition.
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The ministry estimates that at least 10,000 patients with migraines would benefit from adding another drug to the official list of drugs, and the number of patients with a specific type of heart failure eligible for a drug that would dramatically increase. Reduces hospitalization and risk. death of
Pharmacare coverage has also been expanded, with the ministry saying it is a long-acting, highly effective birth control drug that can be injected into a patient’s upper arm as a low-cost, alternative to birth control pills or intrauterine devices. is implanted in.
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