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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
ZOCOR ORGANON CANADA INC. Avoided shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-06-28 160662
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

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