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OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

OHIP+ Stakeholder E–blast

Patients First

Update: OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare Program

January 3, 2018

Colleagues,

We are pleased to share this update on OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare (OHIP+) with you.

You can count on regular emails like this as your source of ongoing information and updates on OHIP+.  We encourage you to share them with staff members, local stakeholders and other clinicians, and colleagues.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this email for information on how to join our weekly OHIP+ webinar on January 4, 2018 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Happy New Year! On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government was pleased to announce the launch of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. OHIP+ will benefit all Ontario families and young people aged 24 years and under by providing access to over 4,400 eligible prescription drug products funded through the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

Update: Valved Holding Chambers

Valved holding chambers (VHCs) are used in conjunction with metered-dose inhalers to deliver inhaled asthma medications.  A VHC includes a one-way valve at the mouthpiece.  This device traps and holds the aerosolized medication, which improves drug delivery by allowing the patient to take slow, deep breaths to inhale the full medication dose.  The one-way valve prevents patients from accidentally exhaling into the tube.

Effective January 1, 2018, Ontario will publicly fund select VHCs through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. All ODB recipients aged 12 years and under with a valid prescription from a physician or nurse practitioner are eligible to receive an ODB-funded VHC. Eligible ODB recipients will be entitled to receive one (1) VHC (with or without mask/mouthpiece) per 365-day period.

The following table outlines eligible ODB funded VHCs.

Description

Manufacturer

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Infant Small Mask

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Child Medium Mask

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Youth Mouthpiece

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Girls Mouthpiece

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Adult Mouthpiece

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Adult Small Mask

Trudell Medical International

AeroChamber Plus Flow-Vu Anti-Static Valved Holding Chamber Adult Large Mask

Trudell Medical International

A2A Aerosol to Airways Spacer

Clement Clarke International Limited

A2A Spacer with Small Mask

Clement Clarke International Limited

A2A Spacer with Medium Mask

Clement Clarke International Limited

InspiraChamber

INSPIRX INC.

InspiraChamber + Mask Small

INSPIRX INC.

InspiraChamber + Mask Medium

INSPIRX INC.

InspiraChamber + Mask Large

INSPIRX INC.

Optichamber Diamond Valved Holding Chamber

Respironics Respiratory Drug Delivery (UK) LTD.

Optichamber Diamond Valved Holding Chamber + Small Mask

Respironics Respiratory Drug Delivery (UK) LTD.

Optichamber Diamond Valved Holding Chamber + Medium Mask

Respironics Respiratory Drug Delivery (UK) LTD.

Optichamber Diamond Chamber + Large Mask

Respironics Respiratory Drug Delivery (UK) LTD.

Additional Information:

See the Notice from the Executive Officer: Funding Valved Holding Chambers through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program

(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/opdp_eo/notices/exec_office_20171221.pdf)

For pharmacies:

Please call ODB Pharmacy Help Desk at: 1-800-668-6641

For all other Health Care Providers and the Public:

Please call ServiceOntario, Infoline at 1-866-532-3161 TTY 1-800-387-5559. In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282

Webinars

We will be hosting weekly webinars to provide an overview of OHIP+ and the process to submit EAP requests, as well as to answer questions.  Webinars will be held each week on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Please join us for our next webinar on January 4, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Click on the link below to access the webinar.

https://ali.health.gov.on.ca/ohipplusjan4/

More Updates Coming

You can expect regular updates like this as we move forward.

Please Stay in Touch

Visit us online at www.ontario.ca/OHIPplus

OHIP+: Information for Professionals: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/ohipplus/

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For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free)
In Toronto, (416) 314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm