Government of New Brunswick

The NB Drug Plans (New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program and New Brunswick Drug Plan) cover certain smoking cessation therapies for individuals enrolled in Plans ADEFGV as outlined below.

 

Eligibility

Adults 18 years of age and older for smoking cessation treatment.
 

 

Eligible Benefits

A maximum of 12 weeks of standard therapy will be reimbursed annually without special authorization (SA) for either:
 

Option 1: Non-Nicotine Smoking Cessation Therapies  

Product

Strength

DIN (NPN)

Drug Cost

Quantity

Bupropion SR

 

 

 

 

    Zyban®

150mg

02238441

MLP

168 tablets

or

    Varenicline

 

 

 

 

    Champix®

0.5mg

02291177

MLP

 

168 tablets

    Champix®

1mg

02291185

MLP

    Champix®

    Starter Kit

0.5mg/1mg

02298309

MLP

or

Option 2: Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Product

Strength

DIN (NPN)

Drug Cost

Quantity

Gum

2mg

See the NB Drug Plans Formulary or MAP List for products

MAP

960 pieces

Lozenge

1mg

MAP

960 pieces

2mg

3mg

4mg

Patch

7mg

MAP

84 patches

14mg

21mg

Only those products for which prices have been confirmed are eligible benefits. 

SA Requests for Additional Quantities

Additional reimbursement of either Zyban or Champix OR Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches only) for individuals who have a high probability of quitting with prolonged therapy will require Special Authorization using the Request for Additional Smoking Cessation Therapy Form.

All requests for additional therapy will require confirmation of one of the following:

  • the individual consented to Smokers’ Helpline Quit Connection and a fax referral form has been completed, or
  • the individual is already registered with the Smokers’ Helpline (1-877-513-5333), or
  • the individual is participating in another form of smoking cessation counselling to be specified

Refer to the Request for Additional Smoking Cessation Therapy Form for further information on additional quantities of smoking cessation therapies permitted annually.

The Request for Additional Smoking Cessation Therapy Form can be completed by a licensed prescriber, pharmacist, nurse, or a respiratory therapist.  A separate patient prescription must be written by a licensed prescriber (physician, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist) for all nicotine replacement and non-nicotine smoking cessation therapies.

 

Pharmacy Claims

 

Pharmacy Audit

  • Claims that do not comply with the policies of the NB Drug Plans are subject to audit and recovery.