Quit Aid Coverage

Quit Aid Coverage

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

NRT products are provided free of charge to Nunavut beneficiaries. They are covered by the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, with a doctor or nurse practitioner’s prescription.

You may have a pharmacy in your community. If so, you can bring your prescription directly to the pharmacist. You could also buy an “over the counter” NRT product. You can do this without a prescription. Just remember NIHB doesn’t cover NRT products unless they have been prescribed.

You may live in a community that doesn’t have a pharmacy. If so, your community health nurse can give you a small supply of NRT patches and gum. It will last you two weeks.

Your doctor or nurse can then fax your prescription to the nearest pharmacy. The pharmacy will fill your prescription and will ship it to your health centre. 

Non-beneficiaries may also have their NRT products covered, through a work health-insurance plan or other private drug plan. Contact your pharmacy for more info.

Quit Smoking Medication

A doctor or nurse must prescribe quit smoking medication. If your community has a pharmacy, take your prescription to the pharmacist. The pharmacist will then fill it.

If your community does not have a pharmacy, your community health nurse can fax the prescription to the nearest pharmacy. The pharmacy will fill your prescription and will ship it your health centre.

NIHB and most other health insurance plans cover quit smoking medication.

What’s covered under NIHB?

Nicorette gum

NIHB covers 945 pieces per year. This is about enough for six pieces a day for five months.

Nicotine patches

NIHB covers 140 NicoDerm patches per year. This is about a four-month supply.

OR

NIHB will cover 168 Habitrol patches per year. This is about a five-month supply.

Nicotine lozenges

NIHB covers 945 lozenges per year. This is about a six lozenges a day for five months.

Nicotine inhalers

NIHB covers 945 inhalers per year. This is about six cartridges a day for five months.

Varenicline (Champix)

NIHB covers 165 tablets per year. This is a three-month supply.

Bupropion (Zyban)

NIHB covers 180 tablets per year. This is about a three-month supply.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Guide: This guide provides a basic understanding on what NRTs are, how they work, how to use them and how to obtain them.

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