Essex County Pharmacists Association commitment to the public

ECPA is an organization of pharmacists who are devoted to ensuring that pharmacy is practiced with competence and in a manner that is safe for the public and for our practitioners.  To this end ECPA offers education and support to our members as well as bringing about new initiatives which impact the practice of pharmacy in a positive manner and help to improve patient safety.  Pharmacists in Essex County were the first to pioneer the now provincially legislated Patch-for-Patch program.  ECPA wants to educate the public on what pharmacists do, how we can help you and how we can work together to improve our community health.  Below you will find information that will be helpful to you if you want to find out more about the profession, get involved in the profession and information that may help you if you are having health issues.

Links to Resources for Information about Pharmacy Practice in Ontario

Pharmacy in Ontario is governed by the Ontario College of Pharmacy who is responsible for protecting and advocating for our patients.  The OCP website allows you to view the registration status of a pharmacist or pharmacy, provides information about patient rights and initiatives that are being put in place improve the practice of pharmacy and patient safety.

Ontario College of Pharmacists –

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is the organization that advocates for pharmacists and the profession of pharmacy.  OPA provides support and education to pharmacists, and are responsible for helping to set up continuing education events for pharmacists.  Members of the public benefit from the OPA’s advocacy which has allowed pharmacists in Ontario to dispense emergency fills on certain prescriptions for patients who do not have refills without the need to wait for prescriber authorization.

Ontario Pharmacists Association –

Pharmacy Education

For those who are interested in joining the profession of pharmacy, below are several useful links to Colleges that provide Pharmacy education, where you can find information on application requirements and further information on each school.


University of Toronto –
University of Waterloo –
Wayne State University –

Many universities including University of Toronto and Wayne State University require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) as a part of their application.  More information on the PCAT can be found at –

Pharmacy Technician

St. Clair College –
Fanshawe College –
Centennial College –
Other Pharmacy Related Educational Programs can be found here:

Health Related Information

Accidental Poisonings and Overdoses

If you or a loved one ingests too much of a medication, a household substance such as cleaner or bleach you should call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-268-9017.  This team of healthcare professionals are experts in handling potential poison and overdose cases and are available 24/7.  They will be able to advise you on how best to handle the issue or if you need to go to an emergency department.

Suicide Prevention

If you or a loved one is considering harming yourself or others, or thinking of ending your own or someone else’s life, it is important that you reach out for help immediately.  If it is a medical emergency call 911, but if you need someone to speak to Telehealth Ontario has counselling services available 24/7 at 1-866-797-0000.

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