TORONTO, July 17, 2007 -

The McGuinty government is expanding medicare by launching a brand new service called MedsCheck for all Ontarians who take three or more medications.

MedsCheck is a free service that provides people with an opportunity to consult with their pharmacist for up to 30 minutes once a year to review the medications they are taking, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.

"This is the first program of its kind in Canada and it will ensure that
people are getting the most from their medications by taking them properly and safely," said Smitherman. "We recognize pharmacists for the valuable role they play in patient care - that is why we have created the MedsCheck program."

Under the MedsCheck program all Ontarians who take three or more prescription medications for chronic conditions can receive an annual one-on-one review of their medications from a pharmacist.

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