Feedback deadline was: May 24, 2021
The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is currently seeking feedback on the draft Cross-Jurisdictional Pharmacy Services policy. The College is inviting all pharmacy professionals, pharmacy stakeholders, and members of the public to comment. Following the consultation, the final draft Virtual Care policy will be brought forward for approval by the Board in June 2021.
The current ‘Prescriptions – Out of Country’ policy and ‘Out of Province Prescriptions’ fact sheet were reviewed as part of OCP’s Policy Review Process. They have been combined into a new draft Cross-Jurisdictional Pharmacy Services policy that reflects the following updates:
- Outlines the College’s expectations for the provision of pharmacy services to patients located in other Canadian jurisdictions, as well as to patients located outside of Canada.
- Facilitates pan-Canadian access to pharmacy services by clarifying that the physical location of the patient influences which legislative and regulatory frameworks are applicable to pharmacy practice.
- Includes the definition and criteria to be considered an authorized prescriber in the Food and Drug Regulations, and how this applies to cross-jurisdictional pharmacy services.
- Clarifies the limits Ontario’s Drugs and Pharmacies Regulation Act, 1990 places on the conditions for dispensing a medication according to a valid prescription, and how this applies to out-of-province and out-of-country prescriptions.
Questions to Guide your Feedback
- The purpose of drafting this policy is to clarify the legal requirements and regulatory expectations related to providing pharmacy services across jurisdictions. Does the draft policy achieve this purpose?
- Is the draft policy clear? For pharmacy professionals, is it comprehensive enough to support your practice? In what ways might the clarity and/or comprehensiveness of this policy be improved?