12/04/2015 07:38 EST | Updated 12/04/2016 00:12 EST

Downtown Eastside pharmacy headed to B.C. court in PharmaCare fight

VANCOUVER — The owner of a pharmacy on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside says he's heading to court, hoping to overturn a decision that excludes him from the province's PharmaCare program.

An audit of the Eastside Pharmacy last year found billing discrepancies, and its enrolment in the provincial program that helps patients cover drug costs was expected to be cancelled today.

But owner Alex Tam says the pharmacy has improved staff training, computer software and internal controls and is now in compliance with PharmaCare.

He says a recent audit found the pharmacy's billing practices were error free but the government won't reconsider.

Tam says he will seek an interim injunction in B.C. Supreme Court, although no date has yet been set. 

He says his pharmacy serves more than 800 PharmaCare patients, 250 of whom are HIV positive.

The Canadian Press