MedsCheck Program Expands
McGuinty Government Ensuring More One-on-One Pharmacist Consultations
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario is expanding its successful MedsCheck program, giving more Ontarians access to consultations with their local pharmacist to ensure they are using their medications safely and effectively.
Three new services are now available to ensure that more Ontarians will benefit from a consultation:
- MedsCheck for Diabetes: for Ontarians living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- MedsCheck Long-Term Care: for residents of long-term care homes
- MedsCheck at Home: for people who are home-bound and have difficulty traveling to a community pharmacy, a community pharmacist will visit the person in their home for the review.
Under the program, eligible Ontarians receive a one-on-one consultation with a pharmacist to discuss the safe and appropriate use of any combination of prescription, over-the-counter and alternative medications they may be using.
Expanding health care services is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care and improve quality and accountability for patients.
- More than 650,000 Ontarians have received a MedsCheck consultation since the program was launched in 2007.
- A MedsCheck consultation with the pharmacist does not require a referral from a doctor.
- All MedsCheck consultations are done in-person with the patient.
I'm thrilled that we're able to expand our successful MedsCheck program as part of our improvements to Ontario's drug system. Not only are we ensuring that Ontarians pay lower prices for generic prescription drugs, we're also helping pharmacists offer them more high-quality and helpful services, like MedsCheck."
We're very pleased that the Ministry is making patients aware that this important service is available. Pharmacists have already embraced the opportunity whole-heartedly: in the first four weeks of the expanded program, pharmacists provided more than 3,500 MedsChecks to patients in long-term care facilities; close to 750 to patients in their own homes; and more than 3,600 to patients with diabetes."
Pharmacists play a vitally important role in our health care system and I'm very excited about the expansion of the MedsCheck program. Today's announcement will mean increased services that will keep Ottawa residents safe and healthy."