A weekly scan of new legislation and regulations important to the Ontario health sector, as well as articles of interest.
Bill 126: Illegal Pill Press Act, 2017
Michael Harris, MPP (Kitchener—Conestoga)
- Critic, Research, Innovation & Science
- Member, Standing Committee on Estimates
- Critic, Transportation
- Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
- April 27, 2017: First Reading – Carried
- September 21, 2017: Second Reading – Debate
- Second Reading – Carried
- Ordered referred to Standing Committee – Standing Committee on General Government
This Bill makes changes to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act. It proposes to prohibit a person from possessing or using designated pharmaceutical equipment, unless that person is either a pharmacist or a person acting under the supervision of a pharmacist. Also, if the person uses the equipment, he or she must use the equipment in a pharmacy that has received a certificate of accreditation.
A designated pharmaceutical equipment is considered any of the following: a pill or tablet press, a tablet machine, a capsule filling machine, a pharmaceutical mixer or a tablet punch or die, subject to the qualifications, if any, that are specified by the regulations made under the Act, and any other equipment that is specified by the regulations.
Full Text of the Bill
Homes for Special Care Funding Rate Increase
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care wants to modernize the Homes for Special Care program. The proposed regulations include the following changes, with effective date of January 1, 2018 or the date the regulation is filed, whichever is later:
- 43 of Regulation 636 under the Homes for Special Care Act be amended, authorizing the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide a 3% increase in the funding rate provided to licensees.
- Funding rate per person will increase from $1,556.12 to $1,602.80 for each full month the tenant receives care in the home.
- The daily funding rate per person (for periods less than a month) is proposed to increase from $51.16 to $52.69.
Comments due: October 19, 2017
For more information about the regulation: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24905&language=en
Homes for Special Care Modernization (OPDP)
As above, this proposed change also relates to the modernization of the Homes for Special Care program, to take effect on January 1, 2018, if approved. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing an amendment to Ontario Regulation 201/96, under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act, to support the Community Homes for Opportunity program, an initiative related to the Homes for Special Care program. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing to prescribe persons who reside in homes that are part of the Community Homes for Opportunity program who are insured persons under the Health Insurance Act as a class of eligible persons for the purposes of the Ontario Drug Benefit Act.
Comments due: October 19, 2017
For more information about the regulation: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24906&language=en
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
- The end of an era: Lorne Sossin to conclude his term as Osgoode Dean at end of April 2018
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