How-to: Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program (POP)

Maximize the services provided in your pharmacy by implementing a strong Pharmaceutical Opinion Program. 

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Description

Description:

Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program (POP) provides a formalized structure for pharmacists to identify drug related problems and make recommendations to prescribers.

The objectives of POP as outlined by the Ministry of Health include achieving better patient outcomes, optimizing drug therapy, ensuring appropriate use of benefits, and reducing inappropriate drug use.

Many pharmacists may experience challenges implementing this program due to limitations such as time, uncertainty about eligibility criteria, or barriers in collaboration with prescribers.

This course will share insights and practical strategies for pharmacists and their teams to overcome these challenges and maximize the implementation of POP into their practice. In addition, common examples found in daily practice will be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the objectives, goals and elements of improving patient care through Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program (POP).
  • Differentiate between what does and does not qualify as part of the program.
  • Identify daily opportunities for interventions.
  • Discuss methods to communicate optimally with prescribers.
  • Incorporate strategies to integrate this program into routine practice.

Course outline:

  • Online Module
  • Multiple-choice Final Exam
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1 Hour to complete
  • Available until 01/09/2022
  • Online
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online module and successfully complete the reflective exercise (two attempts).

Who should take this course:

This course provides useful information for pharmacists who want to broaden their knowledge on Ontario’s POP and put it into practice.

Development Team:

  • Iris Krawchenko, RPh (BScPhm, ACPR)
  • Maria Nenadovich, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Michael Cheung, RPh (BScPhm)