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Ontario Public Drug Programs

Glossary – R

This glossary provides brief explanations of terms used in the Ontario Public Drug Programs web pages. To access a term definition, select the appropriate letter from the alphabet below.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Rapid review

As a result of the changes made through the Transparent Drug Systems for Patients Act, 2006, the ministry can now consider submissions from manufacturers of drug products that have not yet received Notices of Compliance (pre-NOC submissions) from Health Canada, if the submissions meet specific criteria. (Previously, the ministry only accepted submissions after Health Canada had issued a NOC.)

The new Rapid Review mechanism encompasses both pre-NOC and post-NOC submissions. The Rapid Review process has replaced the previous “Fast Track” mechanism.

When considering pre-NOC submissions that meet the criteria and arrive at least 60 days before an NOC is issued, the Minister has indicated that the ministry will try to make a decision about listing the drug within 30 days after the manufacturer receives the NOC.

Recommendation letter

The letter the ministry issues responding to a manufacturer’s submission for funding consideration of a drug product in Ontario. The letter follows the completed review by the Committee to Evaluate Drugs.  The letter includes the CED’s rationale and recommendation to the Executive Officer about whether the product should be funded in Ontario.  Recommendation letters are issued after first and second CED reviews.

Reconsideration If a manufacturer responds within a six-month period to a second negative funding recommendation the CED has made, then the Committee will reconsider the submission, as the agenda permits.
Resubmission A request by a manufacturer, drug plan or the Advisory Committee of Pharmaceuticals (ACP) to have the Common Drug Review review an original submission again, on the basis of new information that was not previously provided.

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