Two B.C. doctors are calling for greater access to a suite of potentially life-saving drugs that are only covered by public health care under certain circumstances.
Ozempic, billed as a revolutionary medication for Type 2 diabetics, for example, is on the province’s list of “special authority” medications. It is not regularly eligible for full coverage but may be approved by B.C.’s PharmaCare Special Authority team at the request of a patient’s physician.
In order to obtain that approval, however, a patient must first have exhausted a dual therapy of Metformin and insulin, or Metformin and sulfonylureas.
“In other words, my clinical decision-making is not what determines the best treatment for you, it’s what PharmaCare deems appropriate — meaning what’s cheapest,” Dr. Ali Zentner, a specialist in internal medicine, diabetes and obesity, told Global News.