On July 11, 2017, the Executive Officer announced that as part of the 2017 Budget and the government’s ongoing commitment to provide better and faster access to high-quality health services, Ontario is proposing to create the OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Under this program, the province would, as of January ... Read More


Effective November 30, 2016, the Ontario Public Drug Programs will begin funding INFLECTRA™ (infliximab) as a limited use benefit for the following new indications: LU Code 477 - For the treatment of ulcerative colitis in patients who meet clinical criteria. LU Code 478 - For the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s ... Read More


Effective November 1, 2016, the ministry is introducing the application of generic substitution to the Exceptional Access Program (EAP). Under this new policy, if an EAP drug has an interchangeable generic product designated through the Off-Formulary Interchangeable (OFI) mechanism, the ministry will only approve the funding of the generic product. Where ... Read More


The Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) is publishing an addendum (Addendum #1) to the Ontario Guidelines for Drug Submission and Evaluation (Guidelines) to assist the manufacturers in making drug submissions to the OPDP. Addendum #1 contains information about the regulatory amendments that were recently approved by the Ontario government and ... Read More


Recent amendments have been made to the Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (‘ODBA Regulation’) and to Regulation 935 under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (‘DIDFA Regulation’). The amendments have been approved by the Ontario Government and come into force on October 1, 2016. A notice ... Read More


To help drug manufacturers prepare drug submissions, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has updated its Ontario Guidelines for Drug Submission and Evaluation (Guidelines). The Guidelines take effect on October 6, 2016. All submissions received on or after this date must comply. The updated Guidelines reflect current regulatory and policy requirements ... Read More


Effective April 1, 2016, all drug products reviewed by the Common Drug Review (CDR) and the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) will no longer require a routine review by the Committee to Evaluate Drugs (CED), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s expert drug advisory committee. This change also ... Read More


The Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) began funding INFLECTRA™ (infliximab) as a Limited Use (LU) benefit for eligible ODB recipients, effective February 25, 2016, for the following indications: Rheumatoid Arthritis Ankylosing Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis Plaque Psoriasis The LU criteria are posted in the eFormulary which can found on the ministry’s website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/drugs/odbf_eformulary.aspx The funding of ... Read More


The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the ‘ministry’) is proposing to update recipient cost-sharing arrangements for non-low income seniors as well as expand eligibility for the Seniors Co-Payment Program under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act ... Read More


Ontario has released the February 2016 Summary of Changes document, which includes the addition of Hospira’s Inflectra at a price of $525.00. Please see page 4 of the Summary of Changes document for more information regarding the clinical criteria and listing status of Inflectra.