The Ontario College of Pharmacists requires all pharmacies in Ontario to have a subscription to a drug information service. The Drug Information and Research Centre (DIRC), owned and operated by the Ontario Pharmacists' Association, is an example of one of these. If the pharmacy does not have a subscription then individual pharmacists can purchase a subscription.
To answer subscriber questions, DIRC pharmacists working at the call centre have access to the following resources:
Active membership is for pharmacists licensed to practice pharmacy in Canada and/or holding a professional degree in pharmacy from a school of pharmacy recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
Three membership packages for Active members provide different levels of access to the CPhA's eTherapeutics+.
The Ontario College of Pharmacists mandates that each pharmacy in Ontario has the following minimum library of resources available to the pharmacists working there.
Ontario College of Pharmacists and Ministry Publications
1. Professional Regulations (Provincial / Federal legislation )
2. Pharmacy Connection
3. Drug Benefit Formulary/Comparative Drug Index Online
Required Reference Guide for Pharmacies in Ontario
(one from each category)
1. A Canadian Compendium
2. A Drug Interaction Publication
3. Pharmaco-Therapeutics Text
4. A Dispensatory
5. A Patient Counselling Guide
6. Pediatric Dosing Reference Guide
7. Handbooks of Non-Prescription Drugs
8. A Medical Dictionary
9. An Annual Subscription to a Drug Information Service
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Toronto, ON, M5S 1A5
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