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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
REMIFENTANIL HYDROCHLORIDE FOR INJECTION STERIMAX INC Resolved 1MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 153966
XYLOCAINE 2% WITH EPINEPHRINE 1:200000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Actual shortage 0.005MG 20MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 166122
OXYTOCIN INJECTION, USP FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 10UNIT Updated Report 2022-10-02 167490
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE FOR INJECTION CONCENTRATE USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 149MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 170505
HYMENOPTERA VENOM PRODUCT-WHITE-FACED HORNET VENOM PROTEIN (550 MCG) JUBILANT HOLLISTERSTIER LLC Actual shortage 550MCG Updated Report 2022-10-02 164500
OXYTOCIN INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 10UNIT Updated Report 2022-10-02 169271
CLIMARA 75 BAYER INC Actual shortage 75MCG Updated Report 2022-10-02 169780
DEXTROSE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 170619
TOVIAZ PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 8MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 158318
TEVA-PREGABALIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 150MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 161970
TEVA-PREDNISOLONE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 1% Updated Report 2022-10-01 167206
TEVA-PERINDOPRIL TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 4MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 167215
!!T3 VIBERZI ALLERGAN INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 168065
VITAMIN K1 INJ 1MG/0.5ML USP SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 168539
TEVA-NARATRIPTAN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 2.5MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 168737
TEVA-OLANZAPINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 5MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 169948
TEVA-PRAZOSIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 1MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 169951
TARO-CLOBETASOL OINTMENT USP, 0.05% TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Resolved 0.05% Updated Report 2022-10-01 158620
TEVA-LOPERAMIDE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 165441
TEVA-ATOMOXETINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 167188
PMS-VALPROIC ACID PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170584
TEVA-MOMETASONE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 50MCG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170764
TEVA-CYCLOBENZAPRINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170773
TEVA-ESCITALOPRAM TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170779
TEVA-FAMOTIDINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170784
TEVA-ATOMOXETINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 60MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170789
TEVA-CANDESARTAN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 32MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170792
TEVA-BETAHISTINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 8MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170795
TEVA-ESCITALOPRAM TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170798
LONITEN 2.5MG PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 2.5MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 151853
LONITEN 10MG PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 155743
ERYC DELAYED-RELEASE CAPSULES PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 333MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 166422
MOVIPREP ARALEZ PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Resolved 4.7G 5.9G 1.015G 2.691G 7.5G 100G Updated Report 2022-10-01 166431
DEPO-MEDROL (WITH PRESERVATIVE) 20 MG/ML PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 166933
MICRO I SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 100MCG Updated Report 2022-10-01 168556
FOQUEST ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 85MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170536
DIPHENIST 50MG/ML OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 50MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170548
METHYLENE BLUE INJECTION USP OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170559
OLESTYR PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 4G Updated Report 2022-10-01 170574
COTAZYM ORGANON CANADA INC. Resolved 35000UNIT 40000UNIT 10000UNIT Updated Report 2022-10-01 170162
AVIANE 21 TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 20MCG 100MCG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170770
APO-LABETALOL APOTEX INC Actual shortage 100MG New Report 2022-09-30 170804
APO-NADOLOL APOTEX INC Actual shortage 40MG New Report 2022-09-30 170801
APO-SIMVASTATIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 40MG Updated Report 2022-09-30 169516
APO-PERINDOPRIL APOTEX INC Actual shortage 2MG Updated Report 2022-09-30 165730
TEVA-DULOXETINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 60MG New Report 2022-09-30 170776
APO-LEVOFLOXACIN APOTEX INC Anticipated shortage 500MG New Report 2022-09-30 170766
AMPICILLIN SODIUM FOR INJECTION, USP TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 2G Updated Report 2022-09-30 162846
APO-LEVOFLOXACIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2022-09-30 164719
APO-ESOMEPRAZOLE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 40MG Updated Report 2022-09-30 168364

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
MINT-LEVOFLOXACIN MINT PHARMACEUTICALS INC To be discontinued 750MG New Report 2022-10-02 170859
MINT-LEVOFLOXACIN MINT PHARMACEUTICALS INC To be discontinued 500MG New Report 2022-10-02 170856
MINT-LEVOFLOXACIN MINT PHARMACEUTICALS INC To be discontinued 250MG New Report 2022-10-02 170853
ROPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 5MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 170502
ROPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 170496
ROPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 10MG Updated Report 2022-10-02 170499
SUSTIVA TABLETS BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CANADA Discontinued 600MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 140887
CIPROFLOXACIN INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 2MG Updated Report 2022-10-01 170302
BETOPTIC S NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC To be discontinued 0.25% Updated Report 2022-09-29 170389
CIPROFLOXACIN INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 2MG Updated Report 2022-09-28 170299
INTEGRILIN MERCK CANADA INC To be discontinued 0.75MG Updated Report 2022-09-26 155790
INTEGRILIN MERCK CANADA INC To be discontinued 2MG Updated Report 2022-09-26 155794
EGRIFTA THERATECHNOLOGIES INC To be discontinued 1MG New Report 2022-09-22 170025
STAXYN BAYER INC Reversed 10MG Updated Report 2022-09-19 163103
JAMP-SILDENAFIL JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 50.0MG New Report 2022-09-09 169006
JAMP-SILDENAFIL JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 25.0MG New Report 2022-09-09 169003
JAMP-RIZATRIPTAN IR JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 10MG New Report 2022-09-09 168998
JAMP-RIZATRIPTAN IR JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 10MG New Report 2022-09-09 168995
JAMP-LOSARTAN HCTZ JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 12.5MG 50MG New Report 2022-09-09 168990
JAMP-LOSARTAN HCTZ JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Discontinued 12.5MG 50MG New Report 2022-09-09 168987