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 due to limitations such as time, uncertainty about eligibility criteria, or barriers in collaboration with prescribers. This presentation will share insights and practical strategies for pharmacists and their teams to overcome these challenges and maximize the implementation of the POP into their practice. In addition, common examples found in daily practice will be discussed.

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the REGISTRATION AND PRICING; a drop-down will open with 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


Continuing Education Units:

This online module is not CCCEP accredited. CEUs will not be granted.

Course Availability:

You must complete the course before April 2, 2021; access will be removed after this point.

Learning Format: 

Online, didactic learning modules (1 hrs)

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 what does not qualify as a pharmaceutical opinion (PO)
  • Identify daily opportunities for interventions
  • Discuss methods to communicate optimally with prescribers
  • Incorporate strategies to integrate this program into routine practice

Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements before April 2, 2021: 

  • Complete the program’s online module (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  • Successfully complete the reflective exercise, within a maximum of two attempts. Please note that it takes 5-7 business days to mark the reflective exercise.
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.

Pre-requisites and Target Audience

There are no pre-requisites for this program. This online professional development program is designed to support pharmacists who have 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 23, 2020

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: Requests for cancellations 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 2020   $25.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
POP 2020   $50.00 Add to Cart 
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