Temporary removal of drug dispensing fee frequency limit for support staff

23 April 2020

To mitigate drug shortages due to COVID-19, the Pharmacists’ Association of Alberta has limited refills of prescription medication to a 30-day supply. As a result, pharmacies are charging additional dispensing fees every 30 days rather than the standard 90 days.

The Support Staff Supplementary Health Care Plan covers five dispensing fees per calendar year for each maintenance medication. NASA and the university have agreed to temporarily remove this limit to ensure people get the medication they need without paying additional dispensing fees.

The removal of this limit is applicable to eligible employees and their dependents as defined in the Support Staff Supplementary Health Care Plan. The maximum limit of five dispensing fees per calendar year will be reinstated when the Pharmacists’ Association of Alberta removes the restrictions of the 30-day supply of prescription medicines or on January 1, 2021, whichever is earlier.

For details on prescription drug coverage, see the Support Staff Prescription Drug web page.

Please contact your Pension and Benefits Advisor with any questions.