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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
PROQUAD MERCK CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 3.99Log10 PFU 3.00Log10 TCID50 4.30Log10 TCID50 3.00Log10 TCID50 Updated Report 2024-04-13 221447
METHOTREXATE SUBCUTANEOUS ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 25MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224951
OMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM DELAYED RELEASE TABLETS ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224957
SANDOZ OXYCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224969
SANDOZ OXYCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224972
PMS-CYCLOBENZAPRINE - TAB 10MG PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 225089
CYMBALTA ELI LILLY CANADA INC Actual shortage 60MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 220042
HUMALOG ELI LILLY CANADA INC Resolved 100UNIT Updated Report 2024-04-13 223890
ACH-ALENDRONATE ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224954
APO-ANASTROZOLE APOTEX INC Anticipated shortage 1MG New Report 2024-04-12 225101

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
MYLAN-VERAPAMIL MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS ULC Discontinued 80MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 224846
TD ADSORBED SANOFI PASTEUR LIMITED To be discontinued 5LF 2LF Updated Report 2024-04-10 206909
PEDIACEL SANOFI PASTEUR LIMITED To be discontinued 5MCG 20MCG 30MCG 10MCG 32UNIT 8UNIT 40UNIT 5LF 15LF 20MCG 3MCG Updated Report 2024-04-10 206912
DENTICARE CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE ORAL RINSE 0.12% AMD MEDICOM INC Discontinued 0.12% New Report 2024-04-09 224698
DENTICARE CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE ORAL RINSE 0.12% AMD MEDICOM INC Discontinued 0.12% Updated Report 2024-04-09 224713
PAXIL TAB 30MG GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 30MG New Report 2024-04-05 224430
PAXIL TAB 10MG GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 10MG New Report 2024-04-05 224405
HUMALOG ELI LILLY CANADA INC To be discontinued 100UNIT New Report 2024-04-04 224347
HUMULIN R ELI LILLY CANADA INC To be discontinued 100UNIT New Report 2024-04-04 224344
EVUSHELD ASTRAZENECA CANADA INC Discontinued 150MG 150MG Updated Report 2024-04-04 224094