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April 13, 2022
Important News

Dispensing of Paxlovid™ in Community Pharmacies

As of April 12, 2022, all pharmacies with a Health Network System (HNS) account are able to dispense publicly funded Paxlovid™ (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) treatment to eligible Ontarians. To increase equitable access to Paxlovid™ treatment, individuals will not be required to have a valid Ontario health card or be an Ontario Drug Benefit Program recipient to receive publicly funded Paxlovid™.

Paxlovid™ (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) is an oral antiviral for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 infection in adults who are at high risk of progressing to serious disease, including hospitalization or death. It is the first authorized oral COVID-19 medication for outpatient use and is intended to be used as soon as possible after diagnosis and within five days of symptom onset.

As with other prescription drugs, Paxlovid™ (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) must be dispensed in accordance with the Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacists.

Pharmacies can find the Ministry of Health’s Executive Officer notice and FAQ document outlining the details of the community pharmacy dispensing program below:

Annual Pharmacy Accreditation Renewal Now Open – Due May 10 

All Director Liaisons or Designated Managers appointed by their Director Liaison to complete this year’s annual pharmacy accreditation renewal are asked to do so on or before May 10, 2022. The application and directions are available online.

New this year – PSSA Declaration

In this year’s pharmacy accreditation renewal, the Director Liaison will be asked to complete a declaration on the AIMS Pharmacy Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA).

As required under the Supplemental Standard of Practice and Standards of Operation, all pharmacies must complete a PSSA accessed through the AIMS Pharmapod platform in the pharmacy.

The Director Liaison is accountable to ensure their pharmacies are compliant with the requirements of the mandatory AIMS Program including the completion of the PSSA. Please ensure your Designated Manager completed the PSSA and that your pharmacy teams are using the AIMS Pharmapod platform to record incidents and near misses to optimize patient outcomes.

Complete the Online Annual Pharmacy Accreditation Renewal

Resources for Pharmacy Professionals to Support EDI

In March the College’s Board approved an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) Commitment Statement signaling their intent related to EDI and the relevance of this work to the College’s public interest mandate. The EDI Commitment Statement formally and publicly acknowledges the College’s dedication to the development of an overall EDI strategy. 

Ongoing learning is an important way to support pharmacy professionals’ EDI journey, address potential health inequities for patients and identify any EDI challenges or barriers your pharmacy peers may face. The College is sharing resources that have been curated from a variety of sources and that explore EDI through a healthcare lens. Registrants are encouraged to take the time to review the resources that are most relevant to their interest and practice. If you know of any EDI resources that the College should consider including, please email communications@ocpinfo.com.

Access EDI Resources

2021 Annual Report Now Available

The College’s newest annual report, Navigating Change and Putting Patients First, showcases the many ways the College and the profession adapted to meet the challenges and changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 annual report demonstrates how the College, in collaboration with system partners and stakeholders, continued to focus on its statutory performance as an accountable and transparent health regulator, while simultaneously advancing several key initiatives in the public interest and supporting the profession in providing the safe, quality patient care that communities across Ontario have come to know and trust.

Our annual report also provides links to the 2021 College Performance Measurement Framework report, summaries of discipline findings, the College Scorecard, summary financial statements, and a supplementary data report that provides multi-year statistics for transparent comparison and trending purposes.

Read the 2021 Annual Report
Reminders and Other Updates
Support for Ukrainians Arriving to Canada

The Ontario government has launched supports for Ukrainian families arriving under the new Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel measure. 

Persons who have been granted an emergency authorization to enter into and remain in Canada for humanitarian reasons are eligible to receive Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. For further information, please visit the Ontario government’s webpage on Coming to Ontario from Ukraine.

In addition, persons with an emergency authorization for humanitarian reasons may be eligible to receive drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program.

For more information, see the Executive Officer Notice – Providing Support for Persons with an Emergency Authorization for Humanitarian Reasons under Ontario Public Drug Programs

Upcoming Jurisprudence Exam: June 15, 2022

The application deadline for the June 15, 2022 Jurisprudence Exam is May 16, 2022. This entry-to-practice exam is offered in select testing centres and online by remote proctor. Learn more on the College’s website.
College Closed on April 15

 

The College will be closed on Friday, April 15 for the Good Friday holiday.

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