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Access to Medicines

Access to medicines is one of Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s key advocacy priorities. Timely access to CF medications improves health outcomes and helps people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives. This benefits not only the individual patient and their family, but Canada’s public health system as well.

All people in Canada with cystic fibrosis deserve equitable access to life enhancing medicines and therapies no matter which province or territory they live in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There is disparity between provincial and territorial formulary listings; many medications listed for coverage under provincial and territorial plans have conditional criteria that delay or deny access for some, while other plans do not list standard CF medications for reimbursement.

Our advocacy initiatives have successfully contributed to coverage of: Kalydeco© for people in every province and territory, Cayston©, TOBI and TOBI PODHALER in British Columbia, and improved access to Cayston© in Ontario.

Visit our Raising Our Voice page to see how we are advocating for equitable access to medicines across Canada, and to learn how you can join the fight.

Choose a province to see which medicines are available in your region
CF Drug Program
Newborn screening
Vitamin K
MVW CF vitamins
ADVAIR®
Special Authorization required
CAYSTON®
Special Authorization required
CIPRO®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
COLY-MYCIN®
Covered by Plan C, F, B and I
COTAZYM®
Fully covered under Plan D
CREON®
Fully covered under Plan D
FLOVENT®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
Hyper-Sal®
Ibuprofen
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
KALYDECO™
Considered case by case
PANCREASE®
Fully covered under Plan D
PULMOZYME®
Considered case by case
Salbutamol
TOBI Podhaler®
Special Authorization required
TOBI®
Special Authorization required
Tobramycin®
ULTRASE®
URSO DS®
Covered by Plan C, F, B and I
ZITHROMAX®
Covered by Plan P, I, C, B and F
Listed as Formulary or Available through Special CF program
Special Authorization
Not Covered
Under Review
Case by Case
Through Hospital
Yes
No
Descriptions

CF Drug Program

Newborn screening

Vitamin K

MVW CF vitamins

ADVAIR®

inhaled steroid treatment for asthma

CAYSTON®

(aztreonam) inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of CF

CIPRO®

antibiotic

COLY-MYCIN®

antibiotic

COTAZYM®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

CREON®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

FLOVENT®

inhaled steroid treatment Open benefit

Hyper-Sal®

(hypertonic saline) to draw more water into the airways and make it easier to cough out the mucus.

Ibuprofen

anti-inflammatory to slow the rate of lung function decline

KALYDECO™

(ivacaftor) a pill for people ages 6 and older who have the G551D mutation of CF which helps the defective CFTR protein work at the surface of the cell

PANCREASE®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

PULMOZYME®

(dornase alfa) is an inhaled medication used to help thin the mucus

Salbutamol

bronchodilator Open benefit

TOBI Podhaler®

(tobramycin) inhaled antibiotic with Podhaler device to help fight the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

TOBI®

(tobramycin) inhaled antibiotic to help fight the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

Tobramycin®

antibiotic

ULTRASE®

pancreatic enzymes to help people with CF digest their food

URSO DS®

(ursodiol) helps to increase the amount of bile and to increase bile flow to aid digestion

ZITHROMAX®

(azithromycin) is a commonly used antibiotic to treat pneumonia

This chart contains information from publically accessible online provincial formularies and is updated quarterly. Some medication may not be listed on the formulary but may still be eligible for reimbursement through the CF clinic, while others may have co-pay or deductible restrictions. Please contact your CF team for further information on what CF medicines are right for you and reimbursement criteria.

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