Snapshots of Opioid Dispensing in Ontario
In line with our ongoing commitment to encourage the use of data and evidence to support quality and safe pharmacy practice, the College released the Opioid Dispensing in Ontario: 2018 Snapshot and we plan to provide updated data for the most recent year on an annual basis. The snapshot, along with the key considerations outlined, is intended to provide an overall look at opioid dispensing patterns in community pharmacy in Ontario related to three areas of analysis that are considered high risk dispensing practices.
AIMS (Assurance and Improvement in Medication Safety)
The AIMS (Assurance and Improvement in Medication Safety) Program is a standardized medication safety program that will support continuous quality improvement and put in place a mandatory consistent standard for medication safety for all pharmacies in the province. Its goal is to reduce the risk of patient harm caused by medication incidents in, or involving, Ontario pharmacies.
A core component of the program is the anonymous recording of incidents and near misses via an incident-recording platform administered by a third party. The College has committed to making aggregate, de-identified provincial level information on medication incidents and near misses recorded by pharmacies available publicly so it can be shared across the pharmacy sector and broader health system to support continuous quality improvement to reduce the risk of medication incidents.
As part of the program, the first independent expert bulletin providing a preliminary analysis of medication incidents and near misses reported to the AIMS Program recording platform was released on September 17, 2019.
Quality Indicators for Pharmacy
The College believes in freely sharing data and information to help make evidence-informed decisions to improve the quality of pharmacy care in Ontario. In order to better understand the impact of pharmacy care on patient outcomes, the College, in partnership with Ontario Health (Quality), has established the first set of quality indicators for community pharmacy in Canada.
These indicators, which will be publicly reported, will provide the public with a clearer picture of the overall quality of pharmacy care in Ontario and support quality improvement efforts by pharmacy professionals and the College.