3 STEPS TO PrEP - B.C.
PrEP in British Colombia can be accessed from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) Drug Treatment Program at no cost to those who meet the program's eligibility requirements. Please click here for details about accessing PrEP through this program.
For a variety of reasons, including confidentiality and convenience, some of you may not wish to go through the BC Centre for Excellence program.
You can still get low-cost, affordable PrEP from The Village Pharmacy on Church Street in Toronto. We specialize in PrEP and HIV and have been in business for more than 15 years. We have had a few people from Vancouver approach us about getting PrEP from an independent source, and now we're offering this service more broadly to everyone on British Colombia, recognizing that there is a need for PrEP that is affordable.
In fact, The Village Pharmacy provides confidential access to affordable, low-cost PrEP to clients all across Canada.
Getting PrEP from The Village Pharmacy is confidential, low-cost, convenient, and in-line with Canadian and provincial regulations.
Here's more info about costs, insurance coverage, and the 3 steps you need to follow to get PrEP delivered to you, wherever you are in British Colombia.
Costs for PrEP
In British Colombia, PrEP is available at no cost from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) Drug Treatment Program. However, if you wish to purchase PrEP outside this program, it is still very costly.
So why are prices for PrEP cheaper in Ontario? A bit of background: The Ontario Government announced that it will cover PrEP through the provincial drug program, OHIP. This has enabled the price of generic Truvada to come down significantly in Ontario. At The Village Pharmacy, you'll pay around $260 per month for generic Truvada - that's half the current price in BC, and we'll even ship it to you for free.
The Village Pharmacy can bill your Insurance provider directly. We'll need some details about your insurance plan. If you have a Pay Direct card from your insurance provider, you can scan it and send it to us for direct billing to your insurance plan. The Village Pharmacy can bill any insurance provider in Canada.
The Village Pharmacy also accepts all major credit cards, and will accept email transfers from your bank.
The Village Pharmacy App
We make it even easier for you to get your prescription from The Village Pharmacy. Use our app to scan your prescription, enter in your information and delivery address, and send us any special instructions.
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Going on PrEP - Step 1
Make an appointment with your doctor to talk about going on PrEP.
Your doctor will consult with you and ask you to get some blood tests to make sure you are a good candidate for PrEP.
Going on PrEP - Step 2
Get a prescription for PrEP from your doctor.
Once your tests come back and your doctor prescribes PrEP, ask your doctor to fax or email your prescription to The Village Pharmacy at 473 Church Street, Toronto. We'll get in touch with you to get details about insurance, payment, and answer any questions you may have.
Or, you can scan and send your prescription directly to us using The Village Pharmacy app:
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Or, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Going on PrEP - Step 3
Sign for Delivery!
We'll take care of the details and ship your prescription to you wherever you are in BC. The only requirement we have is that you or someone you trust, signs for the package at the time of delivery. This is a legal requirement.
You probably have some questions about PrEP - Our pharmacist at The Village Pharmacy will take the time to make sure you get the answers you need. Ask us your questions over email, request a telephone or Skype consultation, or message us on Facebook. We're here for you.
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The Village Pharmacy is a pharmacist-owned business based in Toronto. We are fully accredited by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.