Ontario sets drug reform plan.The Ontario government will introduce a bill in the legislature which promises a comprehensive plan to reform the province's drug system, Health and Long-Term Care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. Minister George Smitherman George Smitherman MPP (born 1964) is a Canadian politician, who represents the provincial riding of Toronto Centre in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He is notable for being the first openly gay Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) elected in Ontario, and the first openly announced. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by pharmacists and by health organizations and silence from the pharmaceutical drug manufacturers.
The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada stated, "Ontario appears to have set a new standard for access to drugs, one that other provinces can emulate."
The proposed changes are based on recommendations from the Drug System Secretariat, which reviewed and consulted widely and found that Ontario was not getting good value for the money it spends on prescription drugs prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, .
The new Legislation will:
* allow for conditional listings and rapid reviews of breakthrough drugs;
* enable changes to drug pricing and reimbursement;
* pay pharmacists to provide enhanced patient counselling about the appropriate use of medications;
* establish a fund to show which drugs produce positive outcomes;
* reduce paperwork for doctors;
* give patients a role in drug listing decisions and appointing an Executive Officer of the Ontario public drug programs to manage the publicly funded drag system. All patients will continue to receive the drugs they currently receive, with no change to benefits, to co-payments, to deductibles, or to eligibility for Ontario Drug Program recipients. Drug costs have risen more than 140 per cent since 1997-with the government spending Government spending or government expenditure consists of government purchases, which can be financed by seigniorage, taxes, or government borrowing. It is considered to be one of the major components of gross domestic product. $3.4 billion annually on the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. Employers in the province, who use the government's drug formulary formulary /for·mu·lary/ (for´mu-lar?e) a collection of recipes, formulas, and prescriptions.
National Formulary see under N.
n. as a guide to determine what drugs they will pay for, have also been experiencing increases and now spend $2.6 billion a year. The provincial government intends to use its spending powers The power of legislatures to tax and spend.
Spending power is conferred to state and federal legislatures through their constitution. Judicial Review of legislative spending varies from state to state, but the law of federal spending informs courts in all states. leverage better pricing both for the public and private systems.
"The work done by the Drug System Secretariat is bold," said Marc Kealey, president of the Ontario Pharmacist pharmacist /phar·ma·cist/ (fahr´mah-sist) one who is licensed to prepare and sell or dispense drugs and compounds, and to make up prescriptions.
n. Association. "The changes proposed recognize that pharmacists are critical to the success of any health care system."