How-To: Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program

Tags: Online learning, Pharmacy management, Professional pharmacy services

Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program (POP) provides a formalized structure for pharmacists to identify drug-related problems and make recommendations to prescribers. Many pharmacists may experience challenges implementing this program because time limitations, uncertainty about eligibility criteria, or barriers to prescriber collaboration. This presentation will share insights and practical strategies for pharmacists and their teams to overcome these challenges and maximize POP implementation to their practice. Common examples found in daily practice will be discussed.

This presentation received great uptake at OPA’s Conference 2016.

How to Register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on PRICING AND REGISTRATION. A drop-down menu will provide pricing information for members and non-members*. How to Register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on PRICING AND REGISTRATION. A drop-down menu will provide pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on Add to Cart to start the registration process.

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Program Outline

  • Online learning module
  • Online assessment


Number of Continuing Education Units

Accreditation #

Accreditation Expiry Date 
March 4, 2020

Course Availability
This course mist be completed one day before its expiry date; after this point, access will be removed.

Learning Format
Online, didactic learning modules (1 hr)

Learner Assessment
Reflective exercise

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Describe the objectives, goals, and elements of improving patient care through Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program (POP).
  • Differentiate between what does and does not qualify as a pharmaceutical opinion (PO).
  • Identify daily opportunities for interventions.
  • Discuss methods for optimal communication with prescribers.
  • Incorporate strategies to integrate this program into routine practice.

Program Completion

To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements before the day preceeding the course's expiry: 

  • Complete the program’s online module. Instructions will be emailed after registration.
  • Complete the reflective exercise within a maximum two attempts.
  • Note: it takes 5–7 business days to mark the reflective exercise.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This program has no prerequisites. This online professional development program was designed to support pharmacists with an interest in refreshing and broadening their knowledge in the area of minor ailments.

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Iris Krawchenko, RPh (BScPhm, ACPR)
  • Maria Nenadovich, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Michael Cheung, RPh (BScPhm)

Last updated: March 8, 2019

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
POP 2019   $35.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
POP 2019   $70.00 Add to Cart 
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