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Drug Benefit Council

Introduction...

The Drug Benefit Council (DBC), an integral part of the drug review process, is an independent advisory body that makes evidence-based recommendations to the Pharmaceutical Services regarding the listing of drugs on the PharmaCare program formulary.

The Drug Benefit Council also recommends the nature of the listing, i.e. whether a drug should be listed as a full benefit, listed as a limited coverage drug with special coverage criteria, listed as a partial benefit, or not listed.

...Composition

The Drug Benefit Council is composed of 12 members including a Chair and Vice Chair appointed by the Minister Responsible. There will be nine professional members with expertise in critical appraisal, medicine, ethics, pharmacy and health economics, and three public members.

Members are typically appointed for an initial term of one year and are eligible for two subsequent appointments of 2 and 3 years respectively for a maximum of 6 years. Length of term may be adjusted to ensure optimal succession planning.

Current Members
Location: NORTH VANCOUVER
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 436/19, December 31, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2021
Location: PITT MEADOWS
Position: Public Member
By Order: Minister Order 156/19, April 26, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2021
Location: BURNABY
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 556/18, December 31, 2018
Expiry: December 31, 2020
Location: RICHMOND
Position: Public Member
By Order: Minister Order 252/19, July 15, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2021
Location: VANCOUVER
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 557/18, December 31, 2018
Expiry: December 31, 2020
Location: PORT MOODY
Position: Chair /Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 434/19, December 31, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2021
Location: KELOWNA
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 148/19, May 16, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2022
Location: COQUITLAM
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 149/19, April 26, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2021
Location: DELTA
Position: Vice Chair - Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 435/19, December 31, 2019
Expiry: December 31, 2020
Location: COQUITLAM
Position: Professional Member
By Order: Minister Order 055/19, February 6, 2019
Expiry: February 6, 2021
...Mandate

The Drug Benefit Council's approach is evidence-based and recommendations of the DBC aim to improve and maintain the health and well-being of British Columbians by advancing optimal drug therapy.

What's Involved

For More Information...

Pharmaceutical Services Division
BC Ministry of Health Services
3-2, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3C8