The main purpose of medication reviews is to increase communication between pharmacists, patients, and physicians. Medication reviews can help alleviate medical non-adherence and also give the patient a chance to discuss any queries they may have about their medications.
Basic Medication Review Service
The Basic Medication Review Service (BMRS) takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is an insured service under all the Pharmacare Programs. Pharmacare patients who have a copay will be required to pay the copay for this service. All other patients may receive this service for a fee. Fees may vary by pharmacy.
To qualify for the program under Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare Program:
- The individual must be a beneficiary of a Nova Scotia Pharmacare Program
- The beneficiary must agree with their pharmacist that they are a suitable candidate for the program &sign a consent form.
- The beneficiary must meet with the pharmacist for a consultation in person or in some cases virtually.
- The beneficiary must be taking 3 or more prescription medications that are used for the treatment of chronic conditions, and are covered by the Pharmacare Program.
- The beneficiary must be provided with a comprehensive drug review list that is dated and authorized with the pharmacist’s and the patient’s signatures.
Advanced Medication Review Service
Advanced Medication Review Service (AMRS) takes approximately one and one-half hours to complete and is an insured service under the Nova Scotia Seniors‘ Pharmacare Program. Pharmacare patients who have a copay will be required to pay the copay for this service. All other patients may receive the service for a fee. Fees may vary by Pharmacy.
To qualify for the program under Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare Program, beneficiaries must:
- Be beneficiaries of the Nova Scotia Seniors’ Pharmacare Program.
- Agree with their pharmacist that they are a suitable candidate for the program.
- Be taking 4 or more prescription medications; OR taking one of the following:
- Have at least one of the following diseases:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease