Ontario’s primary care sector submits its inaugural quality improvement plans

In 2010, the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) was introduced as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s provincial Action Plan for Health Care. ECFAA required Ontario hospitals to develop and submit annual Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) with identified and measurable quality improvement initiatives. These hospital-focussed QIPs were one pillar of a broader mandate of systemic quality improvement in Ontario. To that end, it had always been understood that the Ministry’s quality focus would eventually widen to encompass other sectors. 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