Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered in our FAQ, just contact us and we’ll be happy to chat.

Yes. The first 1000 memberships to the Co-Pharm program are being offered on a completely free basis (each membership is being sponsored directly by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council). There’s no catch. 

Yes.

The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council will fund 1000 year-long Co-Pharm memberships for Nova Scotians to help ease the financial strain of prescription medications and other covered costs. 

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many Nova Scotians are facing financial uncertainty due to job losses or budget cuts and with the rampant layoffs also comes concern of losing health insurance coverage achieved through employers. Co-Pharm can help you pay less for roughly 131 prescription medications as well as certain types of specified mental health, and other, therapeutic practices.

The full retail value of a 12-month Co-Pharm membership is up to $95.40. 

The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is the economic development agency and advocate for the Co-operative and Credit Union sectors of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is a not-for-profit organization that has been active in Nova Scotia for more than 70 years. 

Genrus United is a membership-based program which negotiates lower prescription medication costs for Canadians who don’t have access to health benefits  headquartered in Nova Scotia. Its mission is to make prescription drugs more affordable for Canadians, so we can all live healthier lives—with less stress on our healthcare system.

If you’re a resident of Nova Scotia, you can sign-up online here. Please note the 1000 Co-Pharm memberships are available on a first-come-first-served basis and a waiting list will be started once the first 1000 have been claimed. 

The sign up-process is 100% online – either through the link above or the official Co-Pharm Facebook page:   ttps://www.facebook.com/CoPharmNS

No.

We do not need your credit card number or any other financial or background information to sign you up for the first 1000 Co-Pharm membership program.  We only need your contact information so we can send you your membership information and instructions on how to use your membership at one of the independent pharmacies which are a part of the network.

No. The program is open to anyone who needs it.

The Co-Pharm program is open to any Nova Scotian who can benefit from the savings. Multiple members of the same family can sign up for an account – one per individual.

Use code COVID19 to subscribe free for the first year. Available while quantities last. 

There is most likely a participating independent pharmacy near you. 

Visit our Partners page for a list of current participating pharmacies. If you can’t find one, please continue to check back often as new pharmacy partners are joining regularly, or follow us on Facebook for ongoing updates.

Our network of participating independent pharmacies continues to grow as more and more people register for the program.  

New participating pharmacies are joining our program regularly, so we invite you to check with, or follow, our social accounts for updates. We also suggest that you speak with your pharmacist and encourage them to investigate becoming a participating pharmacy.

No, we will never ask about your income. Everyone is invited to join Co-Pharm regardless of their financial or employment status. You can join online today and start accessing low-cost prescriptions immediately (while quantities last). 

With your consent, our pharmacists will access your health profile. It takes just a few clicks for them to transfer your existing prescriptions, and you don’t have to bring in any paperwork or notify your old pharmacy. Everything is handled for you.

Once you’re settled with your new pharmacist, they’ll conduct a thorough review of your medications, health condition and lifestyle to ensure they’re providing the best care for you. From there, it’s just a matter of taking advantage of the new, lower copays on the prescription medications you need to feel your best.

Here is the current list of medications and prices available to Co-Pharm members. Click here.

Co-Pharm is working very hard to make the most common prescription drugs available to our members at a lower cost so please check back often to see if your medication has been added to the CoPharm list. 

You can sign-up online quickly and easily by clicking here.

After you activate your Co-Pharm membership, you will receive a text or email within 48 hours from Genrus United with your membership information that you must provide to a Genrus United partner pharmacy so they can help you start saving money. If a text or email from Genrus United is not received, please check your spam/junk folder or contact us directly at (902) 843-4367 or toll-free at 1-833-436-7878.

Present your membership number to a Genrus United participating pharmacy and access a reduced copay on qualifying prescriptions. Genrus United Members save up to 80% on commonly prescribed medications like birth control, medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, asthma inhalers, medication for acid reflux, and medication that treats mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

Genrus United leverages multiple sources of revenue to fund the program, which negotiates lower prescription medication costs for Canadians who don’t have access to health benefits. Genrus United is not health insurance designed to cover catastrophic health events and costly drugs — it’s a program meant to help you maintain your health by providing affordable access to commonly prescribed medications.

Savings range from person-to-person based on each person’s needs. Co-Pharm members have reported saving as much as 60-80%.  83% of current members say the program has a moderate to major impact on reducing drug costs.

The initial Co-Pharm program is being rolled out on a free basis (all 1000 are being sponsored directly by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council) as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the new economic realities for many individuals and families in the region.

The first year of membership is completely free with no commitment or obligation required. Within 60 days of your membership being eligible for renewal, someone from the Co-Pharm team will be in touch with you to discuss your options at that time.

Today, the value of the program is $7.95 per month. There will be no obligation to continue with your membership unless you choose to at that time.