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Nova Scotia to cover extra dispensing fees for pharmacare clients during coronavirus pandemic

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As of Thursday, the government of Nova Scotia will pay extra dispensing fees for pharmacare clients for refills on prescriptions that would usually be filled for longer periods.

In a statement on Wednesday, the government said it will cover, for example, the second and third refill dispensing fees for prescriptions typically dispensed for 90 days.

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Premier Stephen McNeil said the province understands that some people are feeling the financial strain of additional dispensing fees during the pandemic.

“This will help people keep a little more money in their pockets while protecting the drug supply to ensure Nova Scotians can get the medications they need,” McNeil said at the daily COVID-19 press briefing.

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In March, the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists recommended that pharmacists dispense prescriptions every 30 days that would usually be filled for a longer period of time.

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“This step was taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect the drug supply and is similar to measures in place in other parts of the country,” the province said on Wednesday.

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The government also announced it will waive the $5.00 prescription co-pay for clients of the Income Assistance program and the Low Income Pharmacare for Children program.