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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
CETROTIDE EMD SERONO, A DIVISION OF EMD INC., CANADA Anticipated shortage 0.25MG New Report 2022-05-21 161102
TECHNETIUM TC 99M TSC GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 156500
TEVA-BETAHISTINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 8MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 160986
TEVA-BETAHISTINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Resolved 16MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 160989
ELIGARD TOLMAR INTERNATIONAL LTD. Resolved 7.5MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 152360
INCLUNOX HP SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 150MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 156450
DYSPORT AESTHETIC IPSEN BIOPHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Resolved 300UNIT Updated Report 2022-05-21 159136
APO-METHYLPHENIDATE ER APOTEX INC Actual shortage 54MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 159725
CORTROSYN INJ 0.25MG AMPHASTAR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. Actual shortage 0.25MG Updated Report 2022-05-21 161043
OMNIPAQUE 240 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Avoided shortage 518MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160522
ADMELOG SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Actual shortage 100UNIT Updated Report 2022-05-20 161083
CELEBREX UPJOHN CANADA ULC Actual shortage 200MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 157914
PROCHLORAZINE AA PHARMA INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159741
PEN-VK AA PHARMA INC Actual shortage 300MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 158837
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 15MG New Report 2022-05-20 161067
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 10MG New Report 2022-05-20 161064
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 30MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159388
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159744
FOQUEST ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 45MG New Report 2022-05-20 161057
HYDROMORPH CONTIN-CONTROLLED RELEASE CAP - 24MG PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 24MG New Report 2022-05-20 161054
BUTRANS 20 PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 20MCG New Report 2022-05-20 161051
HYDROMORPH CONTIN-CONTROLLED RELEASE CAP - 18MG PURDUE PHARMA Actual shortage 18MG New Report 2022-05-20 161048
0.9% SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION FRESENIUS KABI CANADA LTD Actual shortage 900MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160191
ZOVIRAX GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Actual shortage 200MG New Report 2022-05-20 161040
APO-DORZO-TIMOP APOTEX INC Actual shortage 5MG 20MG New Report 2022-05-20 161037
APO-PERINDOPRIL APOTEX INC Actual shortage 8MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160604
APO-OLANZAPINE ODT APOTEX INC Actual shortage 20MG New Report 2022-05-20 161032
APO-METHYLPHENIDATE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 10MG New Report 2022-05-20 161029
HANZEMA DR. REDDY'S LABORATORIES INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159392
APO-TRAMADOL APOTEX INC Resolved 50MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 156758
STROMECTOL MERCK CANADA INC Resolved 3MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 131914
CITALOPRAM SIVEM PHARMACEUTICALS ULC Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159849
CITALOPRAM SIVEM PHARMACEUTICALS ULC Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 159856
OMNIPAQUE 240 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Actual shortage 518MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160525
OMNIPAQUE 300 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Actual shortage 647MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160537
OMNIPAQUE 300 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Actual shortage 647MG Updated Report 2022-05-20 160562
TEVA-ZOLMITRIPTAN OD TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 2.5MG New Report 2022-05-19 161012
TEVA-TRAZODONE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 50MG New Report 2022-05-19 161009
TEVA-SOLIFENACIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG New Report 2022-05-19 161006
TEVA-PRAVASTATIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 40MG New Report 2022-05-19 161003
TEVA-OLANZAPINE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 7.5MG New Report 2022-05-19 161000
TEVA-PERINDOPRIL/INDAPAMIDE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 1.25MG 4MG New Report 2022-05-19 160997
TEVA-BUDESONIDE TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 0.5MG New Report 2022-05-19 160994
FLORINEF PALADIN LABS INC. Actual shortage 0.1MG Updated Report 2022-05-19 159434
NOVAMOXIN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 250MG New Report 2022-05-19 160983
TEVA-TOPOTECAN TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 4MG New Report 2022-05-19 160980
TEVA-RAMIPRIL TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2022-05-19 159210
AMPICILLIN SODIUM FOR INJECTION, USP TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2022-05-19 159584
TEVA-OXYCOCET TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2022-05-19 159578
TEVA-TENOFOVIR TEVA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 300MG Updated Report 2022-05-19 155186

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
IMOVANE SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC To be discontinued 5.0MG Updated Report 2022-05-16 160688
HEPTOVIR GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 5MG New Report 2022-05-13 160503
HEPTOVIR GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC To be discontinued 100MG New Report 2022-05-13 160500
APO-BICALUTAMIDE APOTEX INC Discontinued 50MG Updated Report 2022-05-13 157376
ISOPTO CARPINE NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC To be discontinued 4% New Report 2022-05-11 160361