Required Reference Guide for Ontario Pharmacies (Pharmacy Library)

Updated March 2018

Legislative Reference: O. Reg 264/16

It is a standard of accreditation for a pharmacy to have available the references and resources that are required by members practicing in the pharmacy to meet the standards of practice of the profession and to support the pharmacy services the members provide.


Procurement Information for Required Texts

The Ontario College of Pharmacists' publications are available from the OCP website at no cost. The Ministry publications may also be downloaded from the Ministry website. All other books are available from the publisher as listed, the bookstore of a local university, various retail outlets including on-line booksellers, or other vendors such as as those listed below.

Council has approved the use of electronic and internet-based library reference materials as an alternative to hard copy texts. Pharmacists should check with the distributor before ordering to get the most current edition and the current price including applicable taxes and handling charges.

  1. The Medical Bookstore, University of Toronto
    Medical Branch
    214 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario, M5T 3A1
    416-640-5830 / 1-800-387-4420
    www.uoftbookstore.com/medical/
    medical@uoftbookstore.com

  2. The Bookstore, University of Waterloo
    South Campus Hall
    200 University Avenue, West
    Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
    519-888-4910 / 1-800-529-7091
    www.bookstore.uwaterloo.ca/home.html
    bookstore@lists.uwaterloo.ca

  3. Pharmasystems Inc
    151 Telson Road
    Markham, Ontario, L3R 1E7
    905-475-2500 / 1-888-475-2500
    www.pharmasystems.com
    info@pharmasystems.com

Ontario College of Pharmacists and Ministry Publications

Professional Regulations (Provincial/Federal legislation)

A list of current legislation can be found on the OCP website under " Regulations & Standards". Contents include but are not limited to the following:

Federal Legislation

  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Regulations (CDSA)
  • Food and Drugs Act and Regulations (FDA)

Provincial Legislation

  • Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act and Regulations (DPRA)
  • Drug Interchangeability & Dispensing Fee Act and Regulations (DIDFA)
  • Narcotic Safety and Awareness Act and Regulations (NSAA)
  • Ontario Drug Benefit Act and Regulations (ODB)
  • Personal Health Information Protection Act and Regulations (PHIPA)
  • Pharmacy Act and Regulations (PA)
  • Regulated Health Professions Act and Regulations (RHPA)

By-laws

Code of Ethics

Standards of Practice

Links to OCP Policies and Guidelines

Links to Additional Resources, such as:


Minimum Library Requirements

Every pharmacy1 must ensure that members have access to a current edition, either physically or through a computer system, of the following references as approved by Council:

  • A Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceutical Specialties
  • A Drug Interaction Publication
  • A Pharmacotherapeutics Publication
  • A Patient Counselling Guide
  • A Subscription to a Drug Information Services

1Note that this section does not apply to remote dispensing locations (RDLs) where all drugs are dispensed from an automated pharmacy system as the accredited pharmacy operating the RDL must have the required resources to support pharmacy services for both the accredited pharmacy and the RDL.

A Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceutical Specialties

At least one of the following three choices:

1. Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) (Print version updated annually OR online subscription, eCPS, updated weekly)

2. RxTx2 (online subscription; updated weekly)

3. RxTx3 (online subscription; updated weekly)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) (for the above 3 choices)
1785 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
613-523-7877 / 1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca/products-services/
service@pharmacists.ca


A Drug Interaction Publication

At least one of the following five choices:

1. RxTx2 (Online subscription)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
1785 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
613-523-7877 / 1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca/products-services/
service@pharmacists.ca

2. RxTx3 (Online subscription)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
1785 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
613-523-7877 / 1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca/products-services/
service@pharmacists.ca

3. Lexi-Interact

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
1-800-837-5394
http://www.wolterskluwercdi.com/lexicomp-online/mo...

4. Micromedex Complete Drug Interaction

Publisher: Truven Health Analytics, part of IBM Watson Health
www.truvenhealth.com/products/micromedex
Contact sales representative Allan Cook:
905-570-7659 / allan.cook@ca.ibm.com

5. A comparable pharmacy computer software program that incorporates the updates of:

    • Medispan
    • First Databank (FDB)

A Pharmacotherapeutics Publication

At least one of the following six choices:

1. Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC) (Print version, updated annually OR online subscription, updated weekly)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
1875 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca
service@pharmacists.ca

2. RxTx2 (Online subscription, updated weekly)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
1785 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca/products-services/
service@pharmacists.ca

3. RxTx3 (Online subscription, updated weekly)

Publisher: Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
1785 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
1-800-917-9489 ext. 501
www.pharmacists.ca/products-services/
service@pharmacists.ca

4. Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs, Zeind and Carvalho (11th Edition - 2018)
Formerly by Koda-Kimble and Young. Print version or Kindle, updated every four years.

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
https://shop.lww.com/

5. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, Dipiro et al. (10th Edition - 2016)

Print version or Kindle, updated every three years
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

6. Micromedex DRUGDEX System (includes Disease and Condition Management and Complete Drug Interactions)

Publisher: Truven Health Analytics, part of IBM Watson Health
www.truvenhealth.com/products/micromedex
Contact sales representative Allan Cook:
905-570-7659 / allan.cook@ca.ibm.com


A Patient-Counselling Guide

At least one of the following three choices:

1. PatientConnect Drug and Disease Information (DDI) (Online subscription)

416-383-0010 ext. 2
customerservice@patientconnectddi.ca
www.patientconnectddi.ca

2. Micromedex Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer

Publisher: Truven Health Analytics, part of IBM Watson Health
www.truvenhealth.com/products/micromedex
Contact sales representative Allan Cook:
905-570-7659 / allan.cook@ca.ibm.com

3. Lexicomp Patient Education Module

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
1-800-837-5394
http://www.wolterskluwercdi.com/lexicomp-online/pa...


A Subscription to a Drug Information Service (Renewed annually)

At least one of the following five options:

1. Drug Information and Resource Centre (DIRC)

Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
416-441-0788 / 1-877-341-0788 ext. 4
www.opatoday.com/professional/dirc
dirc@opatoday.com

2. LonDIS Drug Information Service (LONDIS)

London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500 ext. 32619
https://londis.lhsc.on.ca
londis@lhsc.on.ca

3. MetroDIS Drug Information Service (MetroDIS)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
416-480-4514 / 1-888-718-5706
www.metrodis.org
MetroDIS@sunnybrook.ca

4. Ottawa Valley Regional Drug Information Service (OVRDIS)

The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
613-737-8347 option 1 / 1-800-267-4704
www.rxinfo.ca/en/

5. Solutions in Health Inc. (SIH)

Windsor, Ontario
519-252-9555
www.solutionsinhealth.com