Drug Review Process

The Formulary

The Yukon Drug Programs Formulary is a listing of therapeutically effective prescription drugs of proven high quality that have been approved for coverage. It is compiled by the Health Services Branch with the advice of the Yukon Formulary Working Group.

The Director, Health Care Insurance will give final approval of new pharmaceutical products for inclusion to the Yukon Drugs Program Formulary based on the advisement of the Yukon Formulary Working Group. The eligibility of a given product for each program is indicated in the Formulary.

Drug Review Process

The Yukon Formulary Working Group is responsible for making a recommendation for a drug to be excluded or included in the Formulary, and recommends criteria for drugs covered by Exception status.

Submissions for new chemical entities and new combination products should be forwarded to the Common Drug Review Directorate. In the Common Drug Review (CDR) process, clinical and pharmacoeconomic drug evaluations and recommendations from CEDAC will be forwarded and reviewed by the Yukon Formulary Working Group for consideration. For more information on the CDR, an independent national review process, visit www.cadth.ca

Membership on the Yukon Formulary Working Group is by the appointment of the Director of Health Care Insurance, and will include a pharmacist, a physician, pharmaceutical program manager, program officers and other such consultants as may be considered necessary from time to time. This group meets on a monthly basis to review drug requests, criteria and other formulary issues. In addition, Exception Drug applications submitted by the patient's physician are also reviewed. Any decision of the Yukon Formulary Working Group can be appealed. Letters of appeal can be sent to the respective programs at the following address:

Chronic Disease Program
Health Services Branch (H-2)
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867 )667-5092
Toll-free: 1-800-661-0408 (local 5092)
Fax: (867) 393-6486

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Pharmacare Program
Health Services Branch (H-2)
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867 )667-5403
Toll-free: 1-800-661-0408 (local 5403)