Page 1 of 2 IN THIS ISSUE: NEW: Updates to the Canadian Immunization Guide REMINDER: Ontario Drug Benefit Coverage for Smoking Cessation Medications and Counselling UPDATE: Novel Coronavirus
NEW: Updates to the Canadian Immunization NEW: Expanded Role of Pharmacists in Smoking Cessation Programming
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization
and the Public Health Agency of Canada are in the
process of updating the 2006 edition of the
regulations to allow pharmacists the ability to
Canadian Immunization Guide. New and revised
prescribe varenicline (Champix®) and bupropion
chapters are posted at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/.
(Zyban®) for the purposes of smoking cessation,
and to renew prescriptions for varenicline
REMINDER: Ontario Drug Benefit Coverage for Smoking Cessation Medications and
Pharmacists prescribing these medications must:
Provide patient counselling similar to the
This is a reminder that the Ontario Government
will cover prescriptions for Ontario Drug Benefit
Notify the patient’s physician that the drug
(ODB)-eligible patients who are prescribed
varenicline (Champix®) or bupropion (Zyban®) for
smoking-cessation treatment, in conjunction with
ODB-eligible patients will require a valid
prescription from their doctor in order to access
ODB eligibility includes residents of Ontario with
valid health cards who meet at least one of the
Ontario Drug Benefit covers prescriptions
for varenicline (Champix®) or bupropion
Pharmacists have the ability to prescribe or
Registered in the Trillium Drug Program
Receiving social assistance through Ontario
Novel coronavirus infections continue to be
For more information, visit the Ministry of Health
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UPDATE: Novel Coronavirus
Since the last update in the HPU dated Thursday, November 29, 2012, there have been three more cases of novel coronavirus infection reported, all of which have been fatal:
One case was identified in Saudi Arabia in October 2012 and has been linked to two previously reported cases of novel coronavirus infection.
Two cases were part of a severe pneumonia cluster identified in April 2012 in Jordan, but were not tested for novel coronavirus until October 2012.
For information on testing and occupational health and safety precautions, refer to the Important Health Notice (IHN) released September 27, 2012: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/emb/health_notices/ihn_20120927.pdf
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