Pharmacy and Patient Safety: Bill 117 introduced in Ontario

Mary Jane Dykeman & Sharon Walker

On October 10, 2013, the Hon. Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, introduced Bill 117, Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety (Statute Amendment) Act, 2013. The Bill proposes substantial changes to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA), the Public Hospitals Act (PHA) and the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). If enacted, it will have direct and immediate impact on Ontario hospitals. Read More

New rules for drug advertising on the internet

Earlier this year, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board (PAAB) released its revised Code of Advertising Acceptance with new provisions relating to drug product advertising (prescription, non-prescription, biologics and natural health products) delivered through the internet and social media.  The new Code provisions will come into effect on July 1, 2013. Read More