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Ontario. Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Site: Toronto - Yonge St, 3rd Flr

Service: Ontario Public Drug Programs - Ontario Drug Benefit Program

Alternate Name ODB ; Ontario Drug Benefits
Former Name Drug Programs Branch
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community North York Central
Address & Map
5700 Yonge St, 3rd Flr
Toronto, ON M2M 4K5
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Intersection Yonge St and Finch Ave W
Physical Access Not Applicable - No public access
Parking Pay parking lot * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care covers most of the cost of 4,400 prescription drug products listed in the ODB Formulary. The prescription must be filled at an accredited Ontario pharmacy.

Under special circumstances the Exceptional Access Program may cover most of the cost of various other prescription drug products that are not on the Formulary for people in the ODB Program.

The Trillium Drug Program covers individuals and households who have high drug expenses in relation to their income.

The Special Drugs Program provides coverage for certain categories of high cost drugs used in the treatment of specific conditions on an out patient basis in a hospital.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility People who belong to one of the following groups of Ontario residents and have valid Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) are eligible for drug coverage under the ODB Program: 
65 years of age and older * children and youth 24 years and under * residents of long-term care facilities * residents of Homes for Special Care * people receiving professional home and community care services * Trillium Drug Program recipients. 
People who are receiving social assistance (the Ontario Works program or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)) are eligible for ODB coverage.
Application Seniors are automatically enrolled in the Ontario Drug Benefit program * low income seniors may fill in a co-payment form or they may call the Seniors Co-payment line to have a form mailed out to them
Languages English ; French
Fees None ; ODB eligible people may be asked to pay some portion of their prescription drug product costs i.e. deductibles and/or co-payments. 
Single seniors (people aged 65 or older) who have an annual income of $19,300 or more and seniors in couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or more pay a $100 deductible per senior before they are eligible for drug coverage. After these seniors pay the deductible, they then pay up to $6.11 toward the dispensing fee each time they fill a prescription for a covered drug product in Ontario in the benefit year. 
If seniors' income is below the above noted levels, a senior may be eligible for the $2 co-payment plans. 
Trillium Drug Program registrants must pay a deductible that is based on their household net income and the number of household members. Deductibles are payable on a quarterly basis and recipients receive benefits after the deductible for the quarter is paid. In the first year of entering the program, there is a pro-rated deductible for households who come into the program part way through the program year. In addition, recipients may be asked to pay up to a maximum of $2 for each prescription. 
All other ODB eligible people may be asked to pay up to $2 each time they fill a prescription.
Service Categories Government Subsidized Prescription Drug Benefits
Contact Information
Office Phone Generaly inquiry, Exceptional Access 416-327-8109 * INFOline 416-314-5518 * Trillium Drug program 416-642-3038 * Seniors Co-payment information 416-503-4586
Toll Free Phone General inquiry, Exceptional Access 1-866-811-9893 * INFOline 1-866-532-3161 * Trillium Drug program 1-800-575-5386 * Seniors Co-payment information 1-888-405-0405
TTY Phone 1-800-387-5559
Fax General inquiry 416-327-8912 * Seniors Co-payment 416-503-8483 * Trillium Drug program 416-642-3034
Primary Contact David Schachow, Director, Exceptional Access Program Branch; Phone: 416-327-8109
Primary Executive Suzanne McGurn, Executive Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister; Phone: 416-212-4724; Email:
Other Details
Established Public Health Act: 1882; Ministry of Health: 1971; Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: 1999
Funding Provincial
Print Material See Website
Resources Website
Accreditation No

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