Drug Benefits & Interchangeability Formulary

The Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary lists therapeutically effective drugs of proven high quality that have been approved as eligible benefits under the Pharmacare drug benefit program.  It also includes a list of interchangeable drugs. It is compiled with the recommendations of the Common Drug Review and the advice of the Manitoba Drug Standards and Therapeutics Committee, assisted by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living staff. The Minister of Health gives the final approval for benefits under the Pharmacare drug benefit program.

The Pharmacare drug benefits list is divided into three parts. Part 1 includes drug products that are eligible for Pharmacare benefits under all prescribed circumstances. Part 2 includes drug products that are eligible for Pharmacare benefits only when prescribed for the terms and conditions indicated in the Formulary. 

When a drug is not listed in Part 1 or Part 2, a request for Exception Drug Status coverage may be considered under Part 3 for each individual's specific circumstance. The doctor must make an application to the Exception Drug Status office. Individuals are notified in writing of the decision.

Each new edition of the Formulary has three components: 

  1. a new Bulletin,
  2. a revised Specified Drugs Regulation (Parts 1 and 2) made under The Prescription Drugs Cost Assistance Act ,
  3. and a revised Manitoba Drug Interchangeability Formulary. 

A listing of pharmaceutical manufacturer abbreviations is also provided below.

These documents require knowledgeable interpretation and are intended primarily for use by professional health care practitioners, pharmacies, hospitals, and organizations associated with the manufacture, distribution and use of pharmaceutical preparations.


All files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format unless specified otherwise.

  • Bulletin #93
    Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary Amendments. 
    Effective: July 19, 2017
  • Bulletin #92
    Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary Amendments. 
    Effective: June 15, 2017
  • Specified Drugs Regulation
    This is the regulation that provides for the benefit lists of specified drugs under the Prescription Drugs Cost Assistance Act. It lists the drugs and criteria for eligibility for the Manitoba Pharmacare program.
    Effective: April 20, 2017
  • Manitoba Drug Interchangeability Formulary
    This regulation under The Pharmaceutical Act includes a list of interchangeable drugs, categories and prices. Please note that Manitoba Pharmacare will reimburse only up to the lowest price in an interchangeable category for those interchangeable drugs which are Pharmacare benefits.
    Effective: April 20, 2017
  • Part 3: Exception Drug Status (EDS)
    Certain drugs are approved for coverage under the Exception Drug Status (EDS) Program when the use meets specific criteria as recommended by the Manitoba Drug Standards and Therapeutics Committee (MDSTC).
    Effective: April 20, 2017

(Veuillez noter que les documents sont offert en anglais seulement.)

Provincial Drug Programs
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living

300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9
Phone: 204-786-7318
Toll free: 1-800-297-8099 extension 7318