Legislation

Transparent Drug System for Patients Act, 2006

The Transparent Drug System for Patients Act passed third and final reading on June 19, 2006. This legislation is part of the government's plan to reform the provincial drug system and deliver better value for money to the taxpayers of Ontario.

The government plan is expected to save up to $277 million per year. These savings will be reinvested into the provincial drug system to support improved patient access to drugs.

The government's plan includes :

  • Achieving significant savings through volume discounts for all drugs purchased for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program
  • Improving patient access to drugs through new conditional listings, Exceptional Access, and rapid reviews of innovative drugs
  • Listening to the views of Ontarians through a new Citizen's Council that will advise the Ministry on the social aspects of drug policies and priorities
  • Strengthening transparency by giving patients a role in drug listing decisions of the Committee to Evaluate Drugs
  • Recognizing the valuable role of pharmacists in patient care by paying them for enhanced patient counselling and other professional services
  • Utilizing the expertise of Ontario's pharmacists through a new Pharmacy Council to advise the Ministry and the Executive Officer of the public drug programs
  • Freeing doctors of the burden of paperwork associated with Section 8 drugs

The province's Ontario Drug Benefit program provides drug coverage for the 2.2 million Ontarians who are seniors or who receive social assistance or provincial disability support.

The information respecting the Ontario Drug Benefit Act and the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act regulations is not the official version and should not be relied on as authoritative. For the authoritative text of the law, see the official volumes and office consolidations printed by Publications Ontario. The text is posted on the e-laws website. In the event of any discrepancy between the aforementioned official versions, e-laws, and this website posting, the official versions should be treated as authoritative.

Legislation Resources
March 23, 2011 Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 201/96 (General) under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act. (Transition fee regulation)
March 11, 2011 Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 201/96 (General) under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (Dispensing Fee Regulation)
Ontario Drug Benefit Act Code of Conduct
Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act Code of Conduct
April 8, 2010 Notice of Proposed Regulations to Amend Regulation 935 under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act [PDF]
April 30, 2008 Notice of Proposed Regulations to Amend Ontario Regulation 935 under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act [PDF]
June 5, 2007 Notice of Proposed Regulations to Amend Ontario Regulation 935 under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act [PDF]
December 18, 2006 Notice from the Executive Officer: Amending Regulations under ODBA and DIDFA Update
December 18, 2006 Ontario Regulation Made Under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act - Amending reg. 935 of R.R.O.1990 [PDF]
December 18, 2006 Ontario Regulation Made Under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act - Amending O. Reg. 201/96 [PDF]
November 2006 Notice of Proposed Regulations to Amend Ontario Regulation 935 under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act
September 28, 2006 Notice to Pharmacies: Regulation Changes made to the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA) and the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (DIDFA)
September 28, 2006 Notice to Stakeholders: Announcement of Executive Officer, Ontario Public Drug Programs
Summer 2006 Notice of Regulation Amendments under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act and the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act
July 2006 Notice of Proposed Regulations under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act and the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act
Bill 102, Transparent Drug System for Patients Act, 2006
Compendium to the legislation [PDF]
Overview of the legislation
Transparent Drug System for Patients Act Questions and Answers
April 13, 2006 Stakeholder briefing presentation : Right Drug, Right Person, Right Price : Improving and Governing the Provincial Drug System [PDF]
April 13, 2006 Media briefing presentation: Right Drug, Right Person, Right Price: Improving and Governing the Provincial Drug System [PDF]
April 13, 2006 Bulletin to Ontario Pharmacists: BBS Bulletin No. 6029

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