Ontario Drug Benefit Program: Limited Use Drug Products

What is a Limited Use Drug?

Limited Use (LU) drugs are offered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program for specific situations such as for a particular medical condition(s) and/or for a limited period of time.

What costs will I pay?

If you qualify, the ODB Program covers most of the cost of your LU drugs. Remember that under the rules of ODB, you may be asked to pay a small yearly fee and a fee to have your prescriptions filled. Learn more >>

How do I qualify to get a limited use drug?

If you qualify, the program will pay most of the costs of your LU drug costs. Here is how it works:

  1. To confirm that you qualify, an Ontario doctor must write the correct three-digit Reason for Use Code on your prescription.
  2. You take the prescription to a pharmacist who will review and process your claim only if your doctor has provided all the required information.

Some limited use drugs are approved for repeat use over long periods of time. Simply ask your pharmacist to refill your prescription. There should be no problem as long as you have a valid LU prescription on file at the pharmacy.  Talk to your doctor if your pharmacist says the prescription can not be refilled because the specified limited use period of time has expired.

What should I do if I don’t qualify for a limited use drug?

Your doctor can request funding for you through the Exceptional Access Program (EAP). 

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