The Drug Information and Resource Centre (DIRC) at the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) is working with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to help answer pharmacists’ questions about medical assistance in dying (MAiD).
As medication experts, pharmacists have a significant role to play in the dispensing of medication for the purposes of MAiD; however, practitioners may have questions or concerns about the protocols used in this relatively new process. The drug information pharmacists at DIRC are here to help.
Effective June 26, 2017, all OCP-registered pharmacy practitioners can contact a team of drug information pharmacists within DIRC who have been trained to answer clinical questions related to MAiD. Questions can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your OCP license number, full name, and preferred contact information including a telephone number where you can be best reached when submitting a question. A member of the DIRC MAiD team will respond to your email within two business days.
Please be reminded that OCP has developed a MAiD guidance document to help practitioners understand their professional responsibilities and ethical obligations when dispensing a prescription for the purposes of providing MAiD. For any questions related to this guidance, please contact a College practice consultant .
Pharmacists interested in learning more about MAiD may wish to access the following resources for more information:
- Ontario College of Pharmacists
Guidance Document on MAiD for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Frequently Asked Question on MAiD
- Ontario Pharmacy Support Program
Provides comprehensive psychiatric and psychological assessment and treatment including grief counselling for MAiD to all OPA and OCP members.
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Provides information on MAiD requirements and eligibility
Provides various tools and resources to support MAiD developed by the Centre for Effective Practice.
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Policy Statement on Medical Assistance in Dying
- College of Nurses of Ontario
Guidance on Nurses’ Roles in Medical Assistance in Dying
- Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers
A group of healthcare professionals who support MAiD