Human Resources

Human Resources

Prescription Drugs

June 21, 2017

Prescription Drugs

The group benefits plan provides coverage for Drugs that require a prescription and are eligible under the provincial formulary. The Manitoba Formulary is constantly changing, with Pharmacare adding and removing drugs frequently. You are encouraged to discuss with your doctor and/or pharmacist to determine whether your medication is considered formulary or non-formulary and to make sure it is the right choice for you.

There are three different levels of drug coverage under the Manitoba formulary:

  • Part 1 – regardless of the need, the prescription is covered.
  • Part 2 – the prescription is covered only when prescribed for a specific condition which must be noted; if the condition is not specified on the prescription or not eligible, the medication will not be eligible.
  • Part 3 – Exception Drug Status (EDS) medications – medications listed in this category are only eligible if you have received prior approval from Manitoba Pharmacare.

In addition, if you have high drug costs Pharmacare may pay your prescription drug costs once you have reached your annual deductible. Your Pharmacare deductible is based on both your total family income, and the amount you pay for eligible prescription drugs. Application to Pharmacare can either be made on a one-time basis or annually. For more information on Pharmacare and to calculate your Pharmacare deductible, please visit their website at

For more information or to check if your drug is eligible under the Manitoba Formulary click here.

Exception Drug Status

Approval for Part 3 medications is given on a case-by-case basis. Your doctor must submit the application on your behalf to Manitoba Health. Manitoba Health will send you a letter confirming your eligibility for coverage. If you are approved, simply send a copy of the letter to Great-West Life to have your record updated for the period of time as outlined on you letter and retain the original. Reimbursement will not be issued unless a copy of the approval is provided.

Generic Substitution

Our plan includes generic substitution, which means that the drug prescribed by the doctor will be automatically exchanged with the lowest priced generic equivalent. The only exception to this is if your doctor has indicated on the prescription that there is no substitution allowed. Please note, a generic equivalent must have the same therapeutic benefit as the associated brand name medication.

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Supporting Your Wellness

The LifeWorks website offers a wealth of information and resources to help you make the most of all aspects of your life. For the month of June, LifeWorks is featuring a suite of resources called LifeWorks Can Help.

LifeWorks Can Help showcases the variety of ways in which LifeWorks can assist you with finding solutions to personal or work conflicts, locating a therapist, managing stress and reaching your financial goals, or even preparing for retirement.

Be sure to visit to take advantage of the 2017 content, including videos, podcasts, audio tips and much more.

For the RRC EFAP User ID and password, please contact Human Resource Services at 204-632-2319, refer to one of the EFAP posters around campus, or click here.