Smokers who are trying to kick the habit now have cheaper access to a treatment option. The province added the drug Champix to its drug formulary last Thursday. “Champix is proven to be an effective treatment option for adult smokers who want to quit,” said Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau in a release. “Making it available now will mean that people can get it in time to help them with their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.”
With its listing in the drug formulary, the drug is eligible for benefit coverage under pharmacare, if prescribed by a physician. A 12-week course of therapy would cost about $350.