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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
DEXTROSE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2022-09-25 168306
NALCROM SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 100MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 163129
METHOTREXATE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 25MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 165286
MEPRON GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Actual shortage 750MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 170088
STIEVA-A GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Actual shortage 0.05% Updated Report 2022-09-24 170091
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 165716
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Resolved 15MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 169311
ERYTHROCIN I.V. AMDIPHARM LIMITED Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2022-09-24 169767
ERYTHROCIN I.V. AMDIPHARM LIMITED Actual shortage 1G Updated Report 2022-09-24 169775
COTAZYM ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 35000UNIT 40000UNIT 10000UNIT Updated Report 2022-09-24 170162
COTAZYM ECS 20 ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 100000UNIT 100000UNIT 25000UNIT Updated Report 2022-09-24 170165
DILTIAZEM HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 168218
DILTIAZEM HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 168215
OCTREOTIDE ACETATE OMEGA OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 100MCG Updated Report 2022-09-23 168210
DEXAMETHASONE-OMEGA OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 4MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 167945
THIAMIJECT INJECTION - LIQ IM IV 100MG/ML OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 167948
MESNA FOR INJECTION FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 143148
PREGNYL ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 10000UNIT Updated Report 2022-09-23 165320
LOTEMAX BAUSCH & LOMB INC Resolved 0.5% Updated Report 2022-09-23 167974
APO-RIZATRIPTAN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-09-23 169057

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
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