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Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I have private insurance?
  2. What drugs are covered by the NLPDP?
  3. Coverage Status Table
  4. Does the program cover other medical expenses (e.g. eyeglasses)?
  5. How do I get my drug card?
  6. Who is eligible?

1. What if I have private insurance?

If you have private insurance, you may still be eligible for the NLPDP. In this case, you are required to bill your private insurance first.

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2. What drugs are covered by the NLPDP?

The program covers a variety of drugs that require a prescription, plus a small number of other over-the-counter items that do not legally require a prescription. However, these products must be prescribed to be covered under NLPDP plans.

In addition, some drugs are covered under special authorization, meaning that certain medical criteria must be met. These require written requests by the prescriber which are then assessed by the Department of Health and Community Services.

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3. Does the program cover other medical expenses (e.g. eyeglasses)?

No. This program is only for coverage of eligible prescription drugs and a limited number of over-the-counter drugs.

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4. How do I get my drug card?

If eligible, you will receive a drug card for you and each eligible member of your family in the mail. This card must be presented to your pharmacist with the prescription for the individual named on the card every time a prescription is filled.

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5. Who is eligible?

To be assessed for eligibility for any of the drug plans, you must be a Canadian resident residing in Newfoundland and Labrador and must meet the criteria for one of the plans under the program.

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