What is the Nova Scotia Formulary?
The Nova Scotia Formulary is a list of drugs and supplies that are covered under one or more of Nova Scotia ‘s Pharmacare Programs. Drugs and supplies are listed according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification System. This system was developed by the World Health Organization to allow every country in the world to classify drugs in the same way. Using the ATC classification system allows us to compare our use of a drug or group of drugs with use in other countries. Another benefit of the ATC classification system is that it groups similar drugs and supplies according to their site of action in the body. This means that when you look up a drug or supply in the Nova Scotia Formulary, you are able to see all other similar drugs or supplies. This makes it easier for prescribers to select the most appropriate product.