The Special Drugs Program (SDP)
What does the program cover?
The Special Drugs Program (SDP) covers the full cost of certain outpatient drugs used to treat a number of serious conditions. These include:
- cystic fibrosis (a lung disease)
- thalassaemia (a blood disease)
- Zidovudine and pentamidine for HIV infection (a disease of the immune system)
- Erythropoietin for anemia due to end stage kidney disease
- Cyclosporine after solid organ or bone marrow transplant
- children with growth failure
- Clozapine for schizophrenia
- Gaucher's disease (a genetic disorder).
The drugs covered must be prescribed by a doctor, and must be obtained from a designated treatment centre. To learn more, see the Health Insurance Act, Regulation 552 Section 8. (2).
Am I eligible?
Talk to your doctor to find out if you may be covered under SDP and where you can get treatment. To qualify, all of these statements must apply to you:
- I live in Ontario and have a valid health card which shows that I am entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP, and
- I am a patient with one of the diseases or conditions covered, and
- I am under the care of an Ontario doctor at a designated treatment centre for this disease or condition, and
- the doctor has confirmed that my condition needs the drug(s) covered by the SDP.
What costs will I pay?
If you qualify, SDP will pay 100% of the cost of your treatments.
For More Information
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