We are defence lawyers for pharmacists facing complaints and other regulatory challenges at the Ontario College of Pharmacists (“OCP”). Josh Koziebrocki’s articles discussing legal issues affecting Ontario pharmacists have been featured in The Ontario Pharmacist magazine.
How We Assist Pharmacists
Our team of defence lawyers works with pharmacists on the following regulatory issues:
- Responding to various inquiries at the Ontario College of Pharmacists, including assisting pharmacists draft responses to patient complaints at the OCP, which are reviewed by the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”);
- Advising pharmacists on compliance with relevant legislation, including the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Pharmacy Act, the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act,the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, the Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act, and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act;
- Navigating issues related to OCP registration and entry to practise, annual registration renewal with the OCP, and the OCP quality assurance program;
- Advocating on behalf of pharmacists at OCP discipline hearings;
- Assisting with Ontario Drug Benefit (“ODB”) investigations and audits;
- Representing pharmacists in OCP appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g. where a decision of the ICRC has been made);
- Working with pharmacists to respond to allegations of professional misconduct at the OCP;
- Assisting with OCP fitness to practice matters;
- Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the OCP; and
- Advising pharmacists on other practice issues that may arise, such as employment contracts, loyalty points programs, and operating internet sites.