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Welcome to Drug Shortages Canada, the website for mandatory reporting of drug shortages and discontinuations by market authorization holders. Anyone can search the database of shortage and discontinuation reports. More information can be found on the About & Resources Page.

Early reporting of shortages and discontinuations provides Health Canada, provincial/territorial governments, drug supply chain stakeholders, and health professionals details needed to help them monitor and manage supply. Shortages can be caused by many factors. Some last longer and are more complex than others. Because companies have to report every time they cannot fully meet demand, not all of the reports on this site are cause for concern at the patient level. Most are successfully managed before they impact patients.

The shortage database has a flag that indicates ones that are Tier 3 drug shortages, which are those that could potentially have the highest impact on Canada's drug supply and health care system. A Tier 3 designation is decided by the Tier Assignment Committee (TAC), composed of federal and provincial/territorial governments, healthcare professionals, and industry stakeholders.

Ensuring people can get the medicines they need is a top priority for Health Canada. Health Canada works closely with many partners to prevent shortages, mitigate their impacts, and help resolve them when they occur.

If you would like to know more about shortages like why they happen, how long they last, the actions being taken to reduce impacts on Canadians, and actions you can take if a drug you use is in shortage, please consult the information on Canada.ca.

Below are the newest shortage and discontinuation reports and updates to existing ones.

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!!T3 denotes an actual Tier 3 shortage/discontinuation

!T3 denotes an anticipated Tier 3 shortage/discontinuation

Shortage Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 1MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135436
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135439
ZESTRIL SEARCHLIGHT PHARMA INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 216942
VAQTA MERCK CANADA INC Resolved 50UNIT Updated Report 2024-03-02 220279
OLANZAPINE ODT SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 79600
MORPHINE SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 30MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 100028
MORPHINE SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 60MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 100031
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135430
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 5MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135433
RIVA-ANASTROZOLE LABORATOIRE RIVA INC. Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 217917

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
AGRYLIN TAKEDA CANADA INC Discontinued 0.5MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 210182
RISEDRONATE SANIS HEALTH INC Discontinued 35MG Updated Report 2024-02-29 220861
PROCTOSEDYL APTALIS PHARMA CANADA ULC To be discontinued 1% 1% 0.5% 0.5% New Report 2024-02-23 220351
!!T3 LODALIS BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Discontinued 3.75G New Report 2024-02-20 212799
!!T3 FLOMAX CR BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM (CANADA) LTD LTEE Discontinued 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-02-17 213714