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Where metastatic drugs are available in Canada

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Drug profile

Generic Name
Palbociclib (plus Aromatase Inhibitor/Non-Steroidal Aromatase Inhibitor)
Brand Name
Ibrance (with letrozole)
Brand Name
Ibrance (with letrozole)
Metastatic breast cancer type
HR+, HER2-
Type of therapy
Targeted Therapy
Manufacturer
Pfizer Canada Inc.
Drug Format
Oral Drug
Provinces/Territories that fund this drug
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan
Provinces/Territories that currently don’t fund this drug
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Yukon
Funded by NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits Program for First Nations and Inuit)
Yes
Where in the drug approval process is this treatment
Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (PCPA) - Approved; Provincial Review is ongoing
Notes

Palbociclib is also approved for use in combination with fulvestrant
Ontario drug programs: Exceptional Access Program

*Please Note: Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador have limited coverage for the cost of oral medications, forcing many patients to use private insurance or pay out of pocket. Check with your oncologist to see if you have coverage.

Overview of Drug

https://pdf.hres.ca/dpd_pm/00045824.PDF

FAQ's

  • Generic vs. Brand Name

    What is the difference between a Generic drug and a Brand Name drug?

    Brand name, or innovator drugs are drugs that are researched, developed and marketed by a specific pharmaceutical company. After a pharmaceutical company researches and gains approval to develop a drug they apply for a patent, allowing them to exclusively produce and sell that drug.  Patents on drugs often have an expiration date. Once the patent runs out other pharmaceutical companies are free to produce and sell the drug as well. A generic drug is a copy of the original brand name drug and uses the same active ingredients but is simply being developed by another pharmaceutical company. Generic drug manufactures are required to follow the same manufacturing and safety standards as brand name manufactures.

    For more information about the difference between generic and brand name drugs, visit the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

  • Provincial/Territorial Formularies

    What is the contact information for my provincial/territorial formulary?

    A list of formularies and their contact information is available HERE.

  • Income Support Programs

    Where do I find more information on income support programs to fund the cost of my drugs in my province/territory?

    Use our FinancialNavigator Database to find provincial and federal governmental income support programs and other avenues of financial support by searching “Income Supplement” and your province.

  • Manufacturer Patient Assistance Programs

    How do I contact the manufacturer to inquire about whether or not a portion of, or all of the costs of a drug is covered through their Patient Assistance Program?

    You can search for all available manufacturer Patient Assistances Programs and more avenues of support on our FinancialNavigator by searching “Drug Coverage”.

  • Drugs that aren’t covered on a formulary

    How do I access drugs that aren’t covered on a provincial/territorial formulary?

    Learn more about programs that may help cover drugs that aren’t listed on the public formularies HERE or by searching our FinancialNavigator Database.  

    What is the Trillium Drug Program in Ontario, am I eligible and how do I apply?

    Read this Q & A fact sheet for more information on this program and how it can potentially help offset the costs of your take home cancer medications.

  • Private Insurance

    How can my private insurance help pay for drugs that aren’t covered through public funding?

    Find more information about private insurance HERE.

  • Drug approval process in Canada

    Where do I find more information about the drug approval process in Canada?

    Learn more about the drug approval process in Canada HERE.

  • Clinical Trials

    Where do I find more information about clinical trials in Canada?

    Learn more about metastatic breast cancer clinical trials in Canada HERE

  • Cancer Centres in Canada

    Where do I find a list of cancer centres and contact information?

    A list of cancer centres in Canada and their contact information is HERE.

  • Additional Information

    I have information to help update this tool, who do I contact?

    If you have additional information that would be helpful to include in this tool please email cbcn@cbcn.ca or call us at 1-800-685-8820.

  • Contacting CBCN

    How can I connect with CBCN directly about specific questions?

    Connect with us via email at cbcn@cbcn.ca or on the phone at 1-800-685-8820.