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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
ZYPREXA INTRAMUSCULAR ELI LILLY CANADA INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-06-25 162425
MIOCHOL-E BAUSCH & LOMB INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2022-06-25 158249
BENAZEPRIL AA PHARMA INC Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-06-25 162443
APO-OXYCODONE/ACET APOTEX INC Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 162478
APO-NAPRO-NA APOTEX INC Actual shortage 275MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 162077
APO-MOXIFLOXACIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 400MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 162094
APO-SAXAGLIPTIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 2.5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 152773
APO-SAXAGLIPTIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 154208
APO-GEFITINIB APOTEX INC Resolved 250MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 158819
STIEVA-A GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Actual shortage 0.01% New Report 2022-06-24 163422
NAROPIN ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Avoided shortage 2MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 160386
NAROPIN ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Avoided shortage 2MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 160383
XYLOCAINE 2% WITH EPINEPHRINE 1:200000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Resolved 0.005MG 20MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 160123
HYDROMORPH CONTIN-CONTROLLED RELEASE CAP - 3MG PURDUE PHARMA Anticipated shortage 3MG New Report 2022-06-24 163413
SANDOZ ESOMEPRAZOLE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 109943
SANDOZ ESOMEPRAZOLE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 119324
OXY.IR PURDUE PHARMA Resolved 5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 159383
SINGULAIR ORGANON CANADA INC. Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163148
HYDROMORPH CONTIN PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 4.5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163380
HYDROMORPH CONTIN-CONTROLLED RELEASE CAP - 6MG PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 6MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163383
BACTERIOSTATIC SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 9MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 154815
ALOXI ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 0.5MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163388
AURO-AZITHROMYCIN AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163395
AURO-AZITHROMYCIN AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 200MG Updated Report 2022-06-24 163400
COSOPT PRESERVATIVE-FREE ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 5MG 20MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 159247
ZYTRAM XL PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 155675
ZYTRAM XL PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 152453
ZYTRAM XL PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 200MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 155678
LOTEMAX GEL BAUSCH & LOMB INC Actual shortage 0.5% New Report 2022-06-23 163369
LOTEMAX BAUSCH & LOMB INC Actual shortage 0.5% Updated Report 2022-06-23 162635
MINIMS CYCLOPENTOLATE HYDROCHLORIDE BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Resolved 1% Updated Report 2022-06-23 159536
MINIMS TETRACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Resolved 1% Updated Report 2022-06-23 161359
MINIMS PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Resolved 2.5% Updated Report 2022-06-23 159257
ARISTOCORT R BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Resolved 0.1% Updated Report 2022-06-23 161738
PMS-ABACAVIR-LAMIVUDINE PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 600MG 300MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 77531
PMS-ABACAVIR-LAMIVUDINE PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 600MG 300MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 77526
PMS-DICLOFENAC-MISOPROSTOL PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 200MCG 75MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 153652
ASMANEX TWISTHALER ORGANON CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 400MCG Updated Report 2022-06-23 161778
PMS-MOXIFLOXACIN PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 0.5% Updated Report 2022-06-23 156105
PMS-FENTANYL MTX PHARMASCIENCE INC Anticipated shortage 12MCG Updated Report 2022-06-23 157574
POSANOL MERCK CANADA INC Avoided shortage 300MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 160358
ACTEMRA HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE LIMITED Avoided shortage 80MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 144365
METHACHOLINE OMEGA OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 163331
HALOPERIDOL INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Anticipated shortage 5MG New Report 2022-06-23 163328
STERILE LIGHT MINERAL OIL 100% OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Anticipated shortage 100% New Report 2022-06-23 163325
DEXTROSE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 50% Updated Report 2022-06-23 162180
ACTEMRA HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE LIMITED Avoided shortage 400MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 144440
ACTEMRA HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE LIMITED Avoided shortage 200MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 155146
EMEND MERCK CANADA INC Avoided shortage 80MG Updated Report 2022-06-23 161154
CAVERJECT STERILE POWDER PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 20MCG Updated Report 2022-06-23 154018

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