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Welcome to Drug Shortages Canada, the website for reporting drug shortages and discontinuations in Canada. The Food and Drug Regulations require drug sellers to report when they are not able to meet demand for a product or when they stop selling a product. Information about the website and the regulations can be found on the About & Resources Page.

A shortage means, in respect of a drug, a situation in which the manufacturer to whom a document was issued under subsection C.01.014.2(1) that sets out the drug identification number assigned for the drug is unable to meet the demand for the drug.

A discontinuation means, in respect of a drug, a situation in which the manufacturer to whom a document was issued under subsection C.01.014.2(1) that sets out the drug identification number assigned for the drug, permanently ceases the sale of the drug.

Tier 3 drug shortages are those that have the greatest potential impact on Canada's drug supply and health care system. Impact is based on low availability of alternative supplies, ingredients or therapies. The Tier Assignment Committee (TAC), composed of federal and provincial/territorial governments, healthcare professionals, and industry stakeholders, makes recommendations on the tier assignment of drug shortages. The TAC assessment includes:

  • a review of the information gathered on the shortage issue, and
  • a thorough discussion on its potential impact and next steps.

Below are the newest and most recently updated Shortage and Discontinuation reports. Alternatively, please visit the Tier 3 page to see current Tier 3 Drug Shortages and associated shortage or discontinuation reports.

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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
PULMICORT TURBUHALER ASTRAZENECA CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 400MCG Updated Report 2022-01-25 152994
STERILE WATER FOR INJECTION USP TELIP, LLC, A SUBSIDIARY OF TELIGENT, INC. Resolved 100% Updated Report 2022-01-25 142812
UROMITEXAN BAXTER CORPORATION Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 152241
XYLOCAINE 1% W EPINEPHRINE 1:200000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 5MCG 10MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 141821
HYZAAR DS ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 25MG 100MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 149568
HYZAAR ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 12.5MG 100MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 149954
KENALOG-40 INJECTION 40MG/ML BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CANADA Anticipated shortage 40MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 152339
LORAZEPAM INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 4MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 127901
HYZAAR ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 12.5MG 50MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 152441
CABAZITAXEL FOR INJECTION SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 60MG Updated Report 2022-01-25 152611

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
CLINIMIX BAXTER CORPORATION To be discontinued 200MG 300MG 290MG 240MG 210MG 90MG 1.04G 575MG 340MG 250MG 515MG 20MG 16.6G 365MG 280MG 290MG Updated Report 2022-01-21 118612
CLINIMIX BAXTER CORPORATION To be discontinued 240MG 210MG 90MG 1.04G 575MG 340MG 250MG 515MG 20MG 10G 365MG 280MG 290MG 200MG 300MG 290MG Updated Report 2022-01-21 118601
CLINIMIX E BAXTER CORPORATION To be discontinued 205MG 261MG 58.5MG 24MG 16.6G 365MG 280MG 290MG 200MG 300MG 290MG 240MG 210MG 90MG 1.04G 575MG 340MG 250MG 515MG 20MG Updated Report 2022-01-21 118607
CHLORAX AA PHARMA INC Discontinued 2.5MG 5MG Updated Report 2022-01-21 153244
CIPRO XL BAYER INC To be discontinued 1000MG New Report 2022-01-20 153201