Dataset PharmaNet

Data Provider (source):

BC Ministry of Health


The PharmaNet system is an online, real-time system that captures all prescriptions for drugs and medical supplies dispensed from community pharmacies in BC as well as prescriptions dispensed from hospital outpatient pharmacies for patient use at home.   In addition, physicians may record medications provided to patients during an office, clinic or emergency department visit.  The recording of medications by physicians is not mandatory at this time; therefore this data is not complete. PharmaNet supports drug dispensing, drug monitoring and claims processing. The PharmaNet system contains data related to both medications dispensed and PharmaCare claims. 

PharmaNet is the province-wide network that links all B.C. pharmacies to a central data system. Every prescription dispensed in community pharmacies in B.C. is entered into PharmaNet. 
Type of Data (select all that apply):
Health Care and Health Services 
Data Collection Method (select all that apply):
Individual Level Data 
Identifiers used for linkage:
Personal Health Number, First Name, GivenName, Date of birth, Gender, Postal Code 
Access requiredments and conditions for Researchers and Projects:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Researcher:

  • Details on the requirements for data access via PopData BC are available here:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Research Project:

Access Process:

Population Data BC’s Data Access Unit: 
  • All prescription medications and supplies dispensed by community pharmacies in BC
  • Prescriptions dispensed from hospital outpatient pharmacies for patient use at home
  • Medications provided to patients during a physician office, clinic or emergency department visit (not mandatory at this time)
  • Patient demographic data: Personal Health Number, name, address and date of birth, reported drug allergies
  • Drug information and drug interaction evaluations
  • PharmaCare and patient paid prescription claim information for drugs, dispensing fees, special services fees
  • Medications administered to patients when admitted to hospital
  • Drugs dispensed to hospital in-patients
  • Antiretroviral medications dispensed from the Centre of Excellence in HIV/Aids at St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Medications purchased without a prescription by the patient (e.g. Over the counter medications, herbal products, vitamins)
  • Information regarding third party coverage; as a result it is not apparent if the patient paid amount was paid by the patient or a third party insurer.
  • Third party paid amounts
Data is available from:
January 1, 1996 
More Information (including references):

information on data changes over time, quality/accuracy/field coding source and other additional information is available on PopData’s website:

[2019-02-07 09:22] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)