Feedback for Seeking Feedback on Proposed Implementation Timeline for NAPRA's Sterile Compounding Standards

Pharmacist  ·  June 10, 2016

Hello, 2 years is not remotely a reasonable timeline for public organizations like a hospital to implement these standards. All of the changes that are needed for hospital pharmacies (and any other pharmacies no doubt) require funding, however hospital pharmacies are bound by budgeting processes mandated by the Ministry of Health and as such we are only going to be working on next year's budget starting in the fall to be implemented in April of 2017. We committed in the fall of 2015 to what we were going to be funding for the fiscal year 2016/17 and do not have these funds in our budgets currently. Hospitals are facing huge cuts every year as the funding for organizations is not increasing yet the implementation of these standards will require hundreds of thousands of dollars for almost every organization, some probably costing into the millions. Regarding the hazardous standards, has the college coordinated this with Cancer Care Ontario? They fund the overwhelming amount of hazardous medication preparation in the province so it will likely be their funding that will be diverted to meet these standards - is there the capacity from them to ensure that patient care can be maintained while the extra funding is diverted?

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