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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
OMNIPAQUE 180 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Resolved 388MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 163556
TEPMETKO EMD SERONO, A DIVISION OF EMD INC., CANADA Actual shortage 225MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 164239
TOBRADEX NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Resolved 0.1% 0.3% Updated Report 2022-08-06 165184
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Actual shortage 100% Updated Report 2022-08-06 165752
APO-DORZO-TIMOP APOTEX INC Resolved 5MG 20MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 161037
MERSYNDOL WITH CODEINE SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 5MG 8MG 325MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 164562
METHYLDOPA AA PHARMA INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 164606
APO-LEVOFLOXACIN APOTEX INC Resolved 500MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 164728
APO-GUANFACINE XR APOTEX INC Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 165317
APO-GUANFACINE XR APOTEX INC Resolved 4MG Updated Report 2022-08-06 165322
ESTROGEL ORGANON CANADA INC. Resolved 0.06% Updated Report 2022-08-06 166029
ASMANEX TWISTHALER ORGANON CANADA INC. Actual shortage 200MCG New Report 2022-08-05 166242
APO-VENLAFAXINE XR APOTEX INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 165727
APO-TRAZODONE TABLETS 100MG APOTEX INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 164364
APO-TRAZODONE D TABLETS 150MG APOTEX INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 161456
APO-TERBINAFINE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 165335
APO-RASAGILINE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 151367
APO-RASAGILINE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 0.5MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 151360
APO-NAPRO-NA APOTEX INC Actual shortage 275MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 162077
APO-GUANFACINE XR APOTEX INC Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 164378
APO-FROVATRIPTAN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 2.5MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 163722
APO-DUTASTERIDE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 0.5MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 161448
APO-DIVALPROEX APOTEX INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 156990
APO-DASATINIB APOTEX INC Actual shortage 70MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 164882
APO-CEFEPIME APOTEX INC Actual shortage 1G Updated Report 2022-08-05 158348
TARO-TESTOSTERONE TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158670
TARO-TRAMADOL ER TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158673
TARO-TRAMADOL ER TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 200MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158676
TARO-TRAMADOL ER TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 300MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158679
VIADERM KC CRM TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 100000UNIT 0.25MG 2.5MG 1MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158682
RAN-TADALAFIL RANBAXY PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC. Actual shortage 20MG New Report 2022-08-05 166189
RAN-PANTOPRAZOLE RANBAXY PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC. Actual shortage 40MG New Report 2022-08-05 166186
RAN-ROPINIROLE RANBAXY PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC. Actual shortage 0.25MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 158553
MIN-OVRAL 28 PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 30MCG 150MCG Updated Report 2022-08-05 149581
MIN-OVRAL 21 PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 30MCG 150MCG Updated Report 2022-08-05 145283
MEZAVANT TAKEDA CANADA INC Actual shortage 1.2G Updated Report 2022-08-05 164835
MULTI 12 INJECTION SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 1MCG 80MCG 12MCG 2UNIT 3MG 0.8MG 8MG 0.72MG 0.6MG 40UNIT 660UNIT 20MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 148854
TRAVATAN Z NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Resolved 0.004% Updated Report 2022-08-05 159990
JAMP-AMOXICILLIN JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Resolved 500MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 164967
KENALOG-40 INJECTION 40MG/ML BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CANADA Actual shortage 40MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 166071
CALCIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION BP STERIMAX INC Resolved 100MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 162674
FUROSEMIDE INJECTION USP STERIMAX INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 163468
JAMP-AMOXICILLIN JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Resolved 500MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 164964
5% DEXTROSE INJECTION, USP BAXTER CORPORATION Actual shortage 5G Updated Report 2022-08-05 165961
5% DEXTROSE INJECTION, USP BAXTER CORPORATION Actual shortage 5G Updated Report 2022-08-05 165965
PMS-PROGESTERONE PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 200MG Updated Report 2022-08-04 149251
VANCOMYCIN HYDROCHLORIDE FOR INJECTION, USP FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 1G Updated Report 2022-08-04 166158
PROTAMINE SULFATE INJECTION, USP FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-08-04 166155
MILRINONE LACTATE INJECTION, USP FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2022-08-04 166152
ILEVRO NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Actual shortage 0.3% Updated Report 2022-08-04 162289

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
HEPTOVIR GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 100MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 160500
AMERGE GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 1MG Updated Report 2022-08-05 148427
KEVZARA SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Discontinued 150MG Updated Report 2022-08-02 164491
GLUCAGON ELI LILLY CANADA INC To be discontinued 1MG New Report 2022-07-29 165759
SINEMET ORGANON CANADA INC. Discontinued 250MG 25MG New Report 2022-07-29 165740