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Outpatient Cancer Drug Benefit Program reminder

January 7, 2014

Reminder to community pharmacies:

Most medications used in the direct treatment of cancer are provided to eligible Alberta patients at no cost through the Outpatient Cancer Drug Benefit Program.

In order for patients to receive the medications at no cost, the medications must be obtained from an Alberta Health Services Cancer Services pharmacy. There is no mechanism for reimbursement or billing to Alberta Health Services after the prescription has been filled.

If a patient presents a prescription for cancer treatment medications at a community pharmacy, the pharmacist should determine whether the patient should be referred to a Cancer Services pharmacy:

Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1Z2
Telephone: 780-432-8771 (Switchboard)

Tom Baker Cancer Centre
1331 29 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2
Telephone: 403-521-3723 (Switchboard)

Central Alberta Cancer Centre
3942 50A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4E7
Telephone: 403-343-4526 (Switchboard)

Grande Prairie Cancer Centre
10409 98 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 2E8
Telephone: 780-538-7588 (Switchboard)

Jack Ady Cancer Centre
960 19 Street S, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5
Telephone: 403-388-6200 switchboard

Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre
666 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6
Telephone: 403-529-8817

To determine if a patient is eligible and/or whether the medication is included in the program, pharmacists can refer to the Outpatient Cancer Drug Benefit List located on the ACP website.

The list changes regularly; therefore, please refer to the list online rather than relying on printed copies that may be out of date.