12/12/2013 10:47 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST

Medavie Blue Cross adds jobs to administer New Brunswick drug plan

MONCTON, N.B. - New Brunswick's new catastrophic drug plan is creating new jobs at Medavie Blue Cross.

The company has announced it will add 75 jobs over the next five years, with 30 of those dedicated to the administration of the drug plan.

The remaining 45 jobs will be added in other areas of the company.

The provincial government announced the drug plan Tuesday.

The plan is intended to relieve patients of the costs of their prescription medication and help the 70,000 families who currently have no prescription drug coverage in the province.