Welcome to The National Prescription Drug Plan

One out of every three Bahamians suffers from chronic non-communicable diseases. These diseases are very costly to control and have a major impact on the quality of life of those affected.

For these reasons, in 2009, The Bahamas Government enacted legislation to introduce the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP). The key goals of this plan are:

  • To improve access to prescription drugs and medical supplies in public and private pharmacies for chronic disease patients.
  • To provide funding for health promotion and wellness projects that are focused on reducing the numbers of Bahamians affected by targeted chronic non-communicable diseases.

The Plan commenced on September 20, 2010 and provides prescriptions free-of-charge to affected persons in the first and second phases and at minimal costs in later phases. The list of diseases initially covered included Arthritis, Asthma, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Glaucoma, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Major Depression, Prostate Cancer and Psychosis. 

On March 12 2012, The National Prescription Drug Plan expanded its list of covered conditions. Four new chronic diseases were added to the list of covered conditions. These included epilepsy, benign prostate hypertrophy, sickle cell anemia and thyroid disease. In addition to adding new diseases, two current disease categories were also expanded. Ischaemic Heart Disease was expanded to include all Ischaemic Disease, including patients who have suffered an ischaemic stroke and patients with peripheral artery disease. The existing conditions, Psychosis and Major Depression, were be combined into one category of “Psychiatric Illness”.

Conditions covered under the Drug Plan (as of March 12, 2012) include:

Arthritis, Asthma, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Ischaemic Disease, Prostate Cancer, Psychiatric Illness, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thyroid Disease.

The first phase of the National Prescription Drug Plan covered:

  • NIB Pensioners
  • NIB Invalids
  • Bahamian citizens 65 years or over who are not eligible to receive an NIB pension
  • Children under 18 years of age or under 25 years (if full time students) who have been diagnosed with one or more of the chronic conditions covered under the Plan.

The second phase of the Plan commenced on May 9, 2011 and coverage was extended to include the following groups:

  • Indigent persons
  • Staff of Her Majesty’s Prison and the Industrial Schools
  • Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force
  • Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
  • Officers employed in the Public Service
  • Persons receiving ante-natal care, care connected with child birth, post natal care or any other medical care associated with pregnancy
  • Persons in receipt of disablement benefit assessed at one hundred per centum under the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations
  • Persons receiving NIB Retirement Grant
  • Persons age 60 and over in receipt of NIB Survivors Benefit/Assistance who have been diagnosed with one or more of the chronic conditions covered under the Plan.

In future phases, the Plan will cover employed and self-employed persons and voluntarily insured contributors.