support under NLPDP
The Provincial Smoking Cessation Program assists eligible individuals under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) Access, Foundation and 65 Plus Plans by contributing to the cost of quit smoking aids (prescription medications or nicotine replacement therapy). The Program complements advice and assistance from health care providers and the work of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Smokers’ Helpline (smokershelp.net) in helping individuals quit smoking.
Effective April 1, 2022, there have been important updates to this Program.
The Provincial Smoking Cessation Program now offers expanded treatment options and more flexibility for low-income individuals to access the smoking cessation products and medications to meet their needs.
This information is also available at https://www.gov.nl.ca/cssd/healthyliving/tobaccocontrol/.
Program Summary for NLPDP Beneficiaries:
Speak to your doctor, nurse practitioner or pharmacist about smoking cessation treatments available. They will help you decide which option you may find most helpful.
Medication options covered under this program include:
- Varenicline (Champix)
- Bupropion (Zyban)
- Nicotine patch
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine inhaler
- Nicotine lozenge
- Nicotine mouth spray (QuickMist)
When you bring your prescription to the pharmacy, show your NLPDP drug card to indicate your eligibility. Your portion of the payment will be reduced.
For Champix and Zyban: These medications are filled once per month. You will be required to pay $6 per month.
For Nicotine Replacement Products: These products are provided every 14 days for up to 3 months. You will be required to pay $3 every 14 days per product type.
You can receive up to 12 weeks of one medication or product within one year (365-day period). An additional 12 weeks is available through the special authorization process.
To inquire about eligibility, please contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program: (Toll free) 1-888-859-3535