Government of New Brunswick

Pharmacists can assess and if necessary, prescribe medication for birth control for eligible New Brunswick residents with no service fee, if they meet eligibility criteria.

The program covers the costs for those eligible to receive up to a maximum of one (1) initial assessment service and two (2) follow-up assessment services per one-year period.

This program does NOT cover the cost of the dispensing fee(s), injection fee(s) or the prescribed medication(s).
 

Patient

  • The patient is between the ages of 12 and 50;
  • The patient has a menstrual cycle and is not experiencing unusual menstrual changes;
  • The patient is NOT pregnant or breastfeeding or within 6 weeks post-partum;
  • The patient has a valid New Brunswick Medicare card and does not reside in a nursing home.
     

Pharmacist

  • The service is conducted in person by a pharmacist licensed with the NB College of Pharmacists.
  • The pharmacist will complete a comprehensive assessment that includes obtaining a patient’s social history, medical history and a blood pressure measurement.
  • The pharmacist will discuss with the patient all appropriate options including those they are unable to prescribe.
  • If medication is prescribed, the pharmacist will schedule a follow-up assessment to monitor safety and efficacy.
  • The pharmacist will refer to an appropriate health care provider or service if the patient prefers to use a medication that the pharmacist is unable to prescribe.
  • The pharmacist will notify the patient’s primary care provider (when one exists).

Prescription

  • If prescribed, the medication must be a Schedule 1 prescription drug and listed as a benefit on the NB Drug Plans formulary. This includes combined oral contraceptive pills or vaginal ring, progestin-only contraceptive pills and medroxyprogesterone acetate depo injection.
  • If prescribed, the medication must be dispensed on the same day as the assessment.
  • If an initial prescription is provided, the supply will be for up to the equivalent of three months. If a maintenance prescription is provided, the supply will be for up to the equivalent of one-year.
     

 

  • Assessment and prescribing for emergency contraception.
  • Assessment and prescribing provided through virtual services.
  • Prescriptions filled outside of New Brunswick.

More information about contraception management by pharmacists can be found on the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists website

Please direct questions about the Contraception Management by Pharmacists program to: infopharmacypc@gnb.ca