Ontario College of Pharmacists
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act
Summary of Decision:
The regulations were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on October 1, 2012, as O. Reg. 302/12 and O. Reg 301/12. The regulations were published on e-laws on October 1, 2012 and published in the Ontario Gazette on October 20, 2012.
This posting is one of three consultations which amended regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 1991 and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act.
The approved regulation can be found in the Regulatory Registry posting number 11-HLTC003.
February 16, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 21 health regulatory colleges governing 23 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes. Under the RHPA and the Pharmacy Act, 1991, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is responsible for governing the profession of pharmacy in Ontario.
Summary of Proposal
In March 2011, the College submitted a proposed regulation to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The proposed regulation provides members of the College with an expanded scope of pharmacy practice, including the authority to extend a prescription.
Certain sections of the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) are no longer necessary as a result of the proposed scope of practice regulation. Sections 41 and 42 of Regulation 58/11 under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) have been identified for revocation. These sections authorize pharmacists to perform refills under specific circumstances:
- the patient for whom the drug is to be refilled has been prescribed the drug for a chronic and long-term condition;
- the patient has a stable history with that drug;
- reasonable efforts to contact the prescriber have been made and were unsuccessful; and
- the prescriber of the original prescription would likely have authorized the refill
An amendment is needed to revoke these sections of the regulation. The Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists has approved a revocation of these sections. This revocation would be in effect at the time that the expanded scope of practice regulation comes into force.
Contact: Barbara Cadotte, Senior Policy Advisor
Toll Free: 1-800-220-1921
Address: 483 Huron St. Toronto ON M5R 2R4
October 1, 2012