01/14/2015 12:59 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT

Manitoba adds almost 100 new medications to be covered under pharmacare program

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is adding 94 new medications to its pharmacare program, including two that treat diabetes.

Some of the other drugs that will be covered are for multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, schizophrenia and cystic fibrosis.

The government says the added coverage is expected to save Manitoba families $3.9 million a year.

Coverage for the new drugs will begin on Jan. 19.

Pharmacare is a universal prescription drug program that covers 100 per cent of eligible drug costs once an income-based deductible is reached.