MedsCheck is a, one-on-one 20-30 minute appointment with your pharmacist to review your medications and help you better understand their medication therapy and ensure that medications are taken as prescribed.
MedsCheck, a medication management program, was developed by the ministry in collaboration with the Ontario Pharmacists' Association and the Ontario Pharmacy Council.
There are four types of MedsCheck services. The eligibility criteria is as follows:
A caregiver may meet with a patient's pharmacist for a MedsCheck medication review. The patient must make every effort to attend the review. If they are unable, the patient must acknowledge their consent for the pharmacist to conduct the review with the caregiver.
MedsCheck will ensure Ontarians adhere to their drug therapy to avoid adverse drug reactions.
Some over-the-counter medications can interfere with certain health conditions and adversely affect some prescription medications. Decongestants, for example, are often taken to relieve cold symptoms, but can have the effect of raising blood pressure.
You can have a MedsCheck appointment once a year. A MedsCheck Annual or MedsCheck at Home can be done one year after the initial MedsCheck appointment. You and your pharmacist can look into conducting a MedsCheck Follow-Up sooner under specific circumstances, such as:
Just set up an appointment with your local pharmacist.
You need to bring all the medications you are taking, including non-prescription drugs and your OHIP/default.aspx">OHIP (health card)
MedsCheck is a free service to all Ontarians who are eligible
Yes, all Ontario community pharmacies may provide the MedsCheck service.
A LTC Home must retain a pharmacy service provider (an Ontario accredited pharmacy) through a written contract. Contracts are done through a tendering process. The pharmacy employees pharmacists who will conduct the MedsCheck for LTC professional services. Residents of LTC Homes are automatically affiliated with the pharmacy service provider that is contracted with the home.
Patients should contact the pharmacy that typically dispenses their medications to discuss which of the MedsCheck services are suitable for them. It is possible that they may be eligible for a MedsCheck at Home.
Yes, the government pays the community pharmacy for each completed MedsCheck review.
MedsCheck was launched April 1, 2007 for patients who were beneficiaries of the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. In July 2007 the program was expanded to include all Ontarians who take three or more prescription medications for a chronic condition. In November, 2007, the program was expanded to include the MedsCheck Follow-Up program for defined criteria.
In September 2010, the program was expanded to include those who were not eligible or able to benefit from the original MedsCheck. The expanded programs now reach residents of licensed Long-Term Care Homes, all people in Ontario who are living with diabetes as well as those who are home-bound and not able to attend their community pharmacy for the service in person due to physical or mental mobility reasons.
To learn more about MedsCheck talk to your Pharmacist or contact INFOline 1-866-255-6701 or TTY 1-800-387-5599