Doctors say B.C. puts up unreasonable roadblocks to coverage for vital diabetes drug – CBC

PharmaCare guidelines require patients to try cheaper but more ‘dangerous’ treatments first

Nov 22, 2022

B.C. doctors who treat diabetes say they’ve been forced to jump through hoops to get coverage for potentially life-saving drugs, including making patients try cheaper but more dangerous alternatives first.

Dr. Ali Zentner, a Vancouver specialist in internal medicine and obesity, said game-changing new drugs and devices for diabetes patients have appeared in recent years.

That includes pharmaceuticals like Ozempic for people with Type 2 diabetes, which also helps with weight loss and reduces the chance of heart attack or stroke and continuous glucose monitoring, which tracks glucose levels every few minutes.

But these options are expensive, and Zentner said she’s been asked to go to increasingly unreasonable lengths to prove her patients should have coverage under PharmaCare, the public program that covers the cost of some drugs.

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