Friday, August 12, 2016

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network - Citizen's Panel

Attached to St. Mike's hospital, we were in the ODPRN building, very interesting work. Hubby took a trip around downtown Toronto while I was in the meetings.
The ODPRN is funded by Ontario SPOR Support Unit (OSSU) and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MHLTC), as well as The Keenan Research Centre of St. Michael's Hospital, and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

The Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary has 12 large prescription classes.  The Ontario MHLTC pays for some drug classes, for some patients (Ontario Drug Benefit Program). Seniors have subsidies, as do people on ODSP (disability), residents of LTC, receive social assistance, are enrolled in a home care program, or in hospital. Administrative Claims Data is an historical archive of all submitted medical claims for specific services by patients in Ontario.

Research on the data allows the MHLTC to answer questions, ensure the efficacy of drugs prescribed, and track the effect of changes to drug policy.
For example, through good research, the government has saved money by changing the number of diabetes test strips available to patients, making the testing process more effective. They have also changed the high-strength opioid formula making it less susceptible to being abused by those using it for recreation.

Which drugs do the programs pay for?

Here are some groups who are covered...

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