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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
ODAN-TROPICAMIDE ODAN LABORATORIES LTD Anticipated shortage 1% New Report 2024-04-22 225869
CHLORAL HYDRATE SYRUP ODAN ODAN LABORATORIES LTD Actual shortage 500MG New Report 2024-04-22 225866
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL FOR INJECTION, USP ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 207554
AMOXICILLIN SANIS HEALTH INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 217816
CABLIVI SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 11MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 225859
PREGNYL ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 10000UNIT Updated Report 2024-04-22 211906
GALLIUM (GA67) CITRATE INJECTION CURIUM CANADA INC Actual shortage 74MBq Updated Report 2024-04-22 225852
GALLIUM (GA67) CITRATE INJECTION CURIUM CANADA INC Resolved 74MBq Updated Report 2024-04-22 224695
TEVA-TELMISARTAN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 80MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 223847
TEVA-TELMISARTAN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 80MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 215728
TEVA-TADALAFIL TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 223859
TEVA-OLANZAPINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 223844
TEVA-NITROFURANTOIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 219677
TEVA-NAPROXEN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 218123
TEVA-NAPROXEN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 218126
TEVA-MOMETASONE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 50MCG Updated Report 2024-04-22 215760
TEVA-FLUVASTATIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 209111
VALACYCLOVIR SANIS HEALTH INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 220653
PDP-DESONIDE PENDOPHARM DIVISION OF PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 0.05% Updated Report 2024-04-22 220290
COSOPT PRESERVATIVE-FREE ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Anticipated shortage 5MG 20MG New Report 2024-04-22 225825

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP HIKMA CANADA LIMITED Discontinued 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-22 225805
STRATTERA ELI LILLY CANADA INC To be discontinued 18MG Updated Report 2024-04-19 171480
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