Specialized High Cost Drug Program

The Specialized High Cost Drug Program (a component of Province Wide Services) provides funding for drugs used in highly specialized procedures, such as organ transplants and major heart surgeries. Province Wide Services are available to all Albertans in addition to basic health services.

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a resident of Alberta
  • Be registered with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and have not opted out of the plan, and
  • Require the high cost drug to treat an eligible medical condition specified in the Program.

Benefits under this program

The Specialized High Cost Drug Program provides for high cost drugs such as:

  • Transplant Drugs Transplant patients are eligible for immunosuppressants.
  • HIV Drugs Drugs for the treatment of patients with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection are dispensed through the Southern and Northern Alberta Clinics.
  • Other Drugs Other drugs funded include Pulmozyme (for cystic fibrosis), human growth hormone (for pediatric growth hormone deficiency and chronic renal failure), Flolan (for primary pulmonary hypertension) and Visudyne (for the classic form of wet age-related macular degeneration).