New Resources for NIHB Eligibility and Reimbursement for OTC Products

The NIHB Optimization Program is an initiative that aims to improve access to over-the-counter (OTC) products for eligible First Nations and Inuit patients with Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB). As part of the program, the following two infographics have been developed:

These infographics raise awareness about eligible Schedule II, III, and U medications/products being covered for eligible clients of NIHB when recommended by a pharmacist with documentation. This includes coverage for prenatal vitamins, NRT, inhaler spacer devices, condoms, epinephrine auto-injectors, and more!

The pharmacy provider infographics outline NIHB client eligibility, the OTC product reimbursement process, common OTC products eligible for reimbursement, and pharmacy operations guidance for billing and coordination of benefits. This education will increase pharmacist access to dispensing fees for eligible OTC products, and will help foster therapeutic discussions that may lead to professional services like MedsChecks, Pharmaceutical Opinions, and immunizations.

The patient-friendly infographic helps those with NIHB coverage, and their caregivers, by increasing awareness of eligible OTC products and encouraging collaboration with healthcare providers for reimbursement. The ailments and conditions illustrated in this infographic will support patients in identifying and discussing health concerns with their pharmacist.  

This program was developed as a collaboration between Pharmacy Awareness of Indigenous Health, at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and Whole Health Pharmacy Partners, a banner of independent community pharmacies across Canada that focuses on patient-centered care. These infographics are graciously being hosted by MDBriefCase to promote Indigenous health and access to OTC medications.

Max Yaghchi, PharmD

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