Partnerships with Community PharmaciesThe BC Provincial Renal Agency partners with a number of community pharmacies to provide a funded formulary of medications for patients registered with BCPRA.
In most cases, one partner community pharmacy is located near each hemodialysis unit in the province. Advantages of this partnership include:
- a clear understanding of the expectations of both patients and BCPRA
- a consistent approach to patient care
- an opportunity for pharmacists to get involved in the specialty care required by nephrology patients
Note: One pharmacy, MacDonald’s Prescriptions in Vancouver, provides an enhanced level of service to BC kidney patients. Two of the most costly therapies – erythropoeitic replacement hormones (Erythropoeitin and Darbepoietin) and intravenous iron preparations – are distributed throughout the province by MacDonald’s. BCPRA chose to partner with one pharmacy for these products due to storage and shipping requirements, as they comprise a significant portion of our budget.
See the List of Regional Community Pharmacies.
Information for Community Pharmacies
Guidelines for prescription quantities and refills
Process for ordering nutritional supplements
For information on how a patient can register for BCPRA funded medications, contact the BCPRA at 604-875-7340 or by email.