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Drugs and Devices Division


One of the key recommendations of the Transparent Drug System for Patients Act 2006 was to strengthen the governance of the public drug system through defining principles such as transparency and accountability. Several new initiatives provide tangible examples of Ontario Public Drug Programs' commitment to these principles.

Ontario Public Drug Programs are committed to utilizing the expertise of Ontario pharmacists through the Pharmacy Council, established to provide expert advice to the Minister and Executive Officer on pharmaceutical and health policy.

As well, Ontario is involving patients and consumers in a meaningful way. Patients now have input into drug listing decisions through the Committee to Evaluate Drugs, and the Ontario Citizens' Council provides an opportunity for ordinary citizens to share their perspectives on values that are important to consider when making policy decisions about Ontario's Drug System.

Pharmacy Council Overview

The Ontario Pharmacy Council was established in November 2006 to provide a forum for pharmacists and the ministry to discuss drug-related policy. The Council is,appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to provide expert advice to Ontario Public Drug Programs on pharmaceutical policy, the delivery of pharmaceutical services in Ontario and the development of education and training programs.

One of Pharmacy Council's major achievements in 2007 was the creation of MedsCheck, a medication review program that supports the appropriate use of medications. MedsCheck was launched on April 1, 2007 with the collaboration of the Council, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Ontario Pharmacists' Association.


The mandate of the Pharmacy Council is to make recommendations to the Executive Officer of Ontario Public Drug Programs and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care related to the definition and implementation of pharmacists' professional services, and on the necessary infrastructure and supports for the implementation of professional services.


Up to twelve members, including two Co-Chairs are appointed to the Pharmacy Council .

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