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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
REMERON RD ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 30MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 157450
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Resolved 100% Updated Report 2022-06-28 160466
SODIUM CHLORIDE IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 9MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 160460
DEXTROSE INJECTION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 50MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 159223
DEXTROSE INJECTION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Actual shortage 50MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 162611
SODIUM CHLORIDE IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 9MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 160469
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Avoided shortage 100% Updated Report 2022-06-28 160034
BETASERON BAYER INC Avoided shortage 0.3MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 162399
SODIUM BICARBONATE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Anticipated shortage 84MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 163568
HANZEMA DR. REDDY'S LABORATORIES INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 159392
ACT METHYLPHENIDATE ER TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 54MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 65999
ACT METHYLPHENIDATE ER TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 27MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 65993
ACT METHYLPHENIDATE ER TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 36MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 65996
ACT METHYLPHENIDATE ER TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 18MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 65990
OMNIPAQUE 180 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 388MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 163556
SODIUM ACETATE-OMEGA OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 328MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 154881
!T3 POTASSIUM ACETATE INJECTION USP OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Anticipated shortage 39.2% Updated Report 2022-06-28 159486
DEXTROSE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 50% Updated Report 2022-06-28 162180
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 30MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 159388
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 161064

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
VENTOLIN NEBULES P.F. - 2.5MG/2.5ML GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Discontinued 2.5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 130633
SANDOZ ESOMEPRAZOLE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 40MG New Report 2022-06-23 163310
VIBERZI ALLERGAN INC Reversed 100MG Updated Report 2022-06-22 157159
PROPYL-THYRACIL PALADIN LABS INC. Discontinued 50MG Updated Report 2022-06-21 101076
PROPYL-THYRACIL PALADIN LABS INC. Discontinued 100MG Updated Report 2022-06-21 107174
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 2022-06-20 118607
STAXYN BAYER INC To be discontinued 10MG New Report 2022-06-20 163103
SANDOZ TRAMADOL SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 50MG Updated Report 2022-06-18 163005
MILRINONE LACTATE INJECTION SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 1MG Updated Report 2022-06-18 163000
ISOPTO CARPINE NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC To be discontinued 4% Updated Report 2022-06-16 160361
IRINOTECAN PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 20MG Updated Report 2022-06-04 161820
INTEGRILIN MERCK CANADA INC To be discontinued 0.75MG Updated Report 2022-06-01 155790
VIVAXIM SANOFI PASTEUR LIMITED Discontinued 160UNIT 25MCG New Report 2022-06-01 161652
DDAVP TABLETS 0.2MG FERRING INC Discontinued 0.2MG Updated Report 2022-06-01 154456
VIRACEPT -250MG PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 250MG Updated Report 2022-05-30 145163
GALLIUM LANTHEUS MI CANADA INC To be discontinued 74MBq New Report 2022-05-27 161428
THALLIUM LANTHEUS MI CANADA INC To be discontinued 2MCI New Report 2022-05-27 161424
SANDOZ METHYLPHENIDATE SR SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 20MG New Report 2022-05-24 161221
SANDOZ TOPIRAMATE TABLETS SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 200MG New Report 2022-05-24 161216
SANDOZ TOPIRAMATE TABLETS SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Discontinued 100MG New Report 2022-05-24 161211