ODB and kids' doses

The OHIP+ program will cover common medications, but the ODB does not always cover doses appropriate for children/youth. For instance, fluoxetine (prozac) is covered but not the 10mg dose. Adults are started on 20 mgs and if the dose needs to be increased, it is increased 20 mgs at a time. Kids, however, are started on 10 mgs and the dose is increased 10 mgs at a time. This means that children/youth in families that cannot afford to pay/do not have coverage are overmedicated. Will this now be a problem for all kids. (I am concerned that extended health plans may no longer cover meds on the ODB for kids.)


Hello and thank you for your question!

As of January 1, 2018 the Ontario government will provide free medication to all children under the age of 24 as part of the new OHIP+ program.

In the meantime, if you still have questions about the dosage required and your ODB plan you can contact ServiceOntario who will direct you to the right area of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s, Ontario Public Drug Plan services:


INFOline:1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free)
In Toronto, (416) 314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282

We hope this helps!

NewYouth.ca team

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