Updates to Management and Professional Staff Specialty Drug Benefit Approvals

18 February 2021

If you're enrolled in the management and professional staff benefits plan, the university has introduced a new program, called FACET, to pre-approve specialty, high-cost drugs when they’re prescribed to you. Cubic Health, an independent third party, administers the FACET program and does not share any of your personal or medical information with the University of Alberta. 

Only plan members who are newly prescribed certain specialty drugs costing more than $5,000 annually after March 1, 2021 will be impacted. 

Advantages of FACET

  • Quick approval process
  • Excellent client experience as FACET collaborates with your physician directly
  • A clinical pharmacist with expertise in the disease being treated will assess and manage the claim
  • The FACET program has no financial connection to a claim and has no incentive to modify a claim, allowing them to remain unbiased. FACET’s pharmacists are focused on cost effectiveness and evidence-based clinical criteria with no financial incentive to modify a physician’s request. 
  • Most plans are focused on the drug being requested; FACET’s focus is on the condition being treated.

The covered conditions, process and eligibility details are available on the FACET Specialty Drug Approval Benefit web page.