Feedback for Proposed Changes to the DPRA regulations

Pharmacist  ·  May 7, 2015

Concerning Accreditation of Pharmacies

I understand that there are pharmacies in Ontario which still operate under pre-1954 charters, not requiring the majority control of pharmacies to be under licensed pharmacists. This was a grandfather clause to avoid interruption of service, but such clauses are generally considered to be an interim solution to allow time to adjust to new standards.

There are still advertisements around, offering pre-1954 charters for sale.

Any grandfather alive in 1954 (over sixty years ago) would normally be dead by now.

Requirements for accreditation of pharmacies should be updated to address this situation.

Can OCP add a specific clause to the current legislation stating that any pharmacy operating under a pre-1954 charter cannot pass that status forward, and if such pharmacy is re-located, enlarged or sold, new ownership must meet current ownership requirements of pharmacist majority. Furthermore, any pre-1954 charter may not be used to start up a new pharmacy, nor can ownership of the charter be changed from current ownership.

This sixty-year old leftover should be dealt with ASAP. It has gone on too long.

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