Proposed Amendments to the Pharmacy Act, 1991
Bill or Act:
Pharmacy Act, 1991
Summary of Decision:
Section 3 of the Pharmacy Act, 1991 was amended to insert the term 'assessment', so that it is clear that pharmacists can conduct a fulsome assessment of a patient's health condition when prescribing for certain minor ailments.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments will not result in compliance requirements and costs for pharmacists.
February 21, 2023
Summary of Proposal:
On February 21st, the government introduced Bill 60, Your Health Act, 2023, to build on the initiatives laid out in the Your Health: Plan for Connected and Convenient Care ("the Plan") released on February 2nd. The Plan puts people at its heart, by adding and expanding health care services closer to home. This long-term plan is built on three pillars: The Right Care in the Right Place, Faster Access to Care, and Hiring More Health Care Workers. Through the Plan, the government wants to give patients better and faster access to health care services and supports by providing faster and convenient access to care in community pharmacies.
The Ministry of Health (ministry) is proposing to make legislative amendments to Section 3 of the Pharmacy Act, 1991. This amendment includes inserting the term assessment so that it is clear that pharmacists can conduct a fulsome assessment of a patient's health condition when prescribing for certain minor ailments.
If the proposed legislative amendment is approved, the amendment would come into effect immediately on Royal Assent.
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Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch
Nursing and Professional Practice Division
Ministry of Health
438 University Avenue, 10th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2K8
Royal Assent Date:
May 18, 2023