The Policies Impacting Pharmacy

Where We’ve Been Where We’re Going

Changed policy to expand scope of practice for pharmacists

Secure funding for expansion of scope practices

Reduced proposed government cuts by nearly 50%

Pharmacy Agreement to secure sustainable funding model

Restructured MedsCheck program

Modernization of MedsCheck to allow for greater patient/pharmacist interaction

Ad hoc negotiations with government stakeholders

Formal engagement process to ensure pharmacy interests in healthcare

Raised the cap on ordinary commercial term payments from 10% to 25%

Remove cap on ordinary commercial term payments

Manual reversal of ODB claims within 7 days

Extension of ODB claims reversal to 90 days

Pharmacist-administered flu shots since 2012 

Inclusion of eligible pharmacists in the administration of high-dose influenza vaccine to patients

Authority to administer immunization against 13 preventable diseases including travel vaccines

Allow pharmacists to administer all immunizations and injectables including prescriptive authority for vaccines

Authority to offer funded smoking cessation counselling and prescribing services to Ontario Drug Benefit patients

Expansion of funding of pharmacy services relating to smoking cessation therapy to all Ontarians

Renew or adapt prescriptions with the exception of narcotics and controlled or targeted drugs

Enable pharmacist-authorized tapering of opioids

Perform procedures on tissue below the dermis for purposes of education and demonstration 

Allow pharmacists to conduct point of care testing in the monitoring of chronic conditions to help adjust diabetes and coagulation disorders

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