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Welcome to Drug Shortages Canada, the website for mandatory reporting of drug shortages and discontinuations by market authorization holders. Anyone can search the database of shortage and discontinuation reports. More information can be found on the About & Resources Page.

Early reporting of shortages and discontinuations provides Health Canada, provincial/territorial governments, drug supply chain stakeholders, and health professionals details needed to help them monitor and manage supply. Shortages can be caused by many factors. Some last longer and are more complex than others. Because companies have to report every time they cannot fully meet demand, not all of the reports on this site are cause for concern at the patient level. Most are successfully managed before they impact patients.

The shortage database has a flag that indicates ones that are Tier 3 drug shortages, which are those that could potentially have the highest impact on Canada's drug supply and health care system. A Tier 3 designation is decided by the Tier Assignment Committee (TAC), composed of federal and provincial/territorial governments, healthcare professionals, and industry stakeholders.

Ensuring people can get the medicines they need is a top priority for Health Canada. Health Canada works closely with many partners to prevent shortages, mitigate their impacts, and help resolve them when they occur.

If you would like to know more about shortages like why they happen, how long they last, the actions being taken to reduce impacts on Canadians, and actions you can take if a drug you use is in shortage, please consult the information on Canada.ca.

Below are the newest shortage and discontinuation reports and updates to existing ones.

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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
HUMULIN R ELI LILLY CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 100UNIT Updated Report 2024-04-15 225163
DIPRIVAN 1% ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 222698
DIPRIVAN 1% ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 222695
ARTHROTEC 50 PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 200MCG 50MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 224337
XYLOCAINE 1% W EPINEPHRINE 1:100000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 0.01MG 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 220858
DIPRIVAN 1% ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 10MG New Report 2024-04-15 225152
SENSORCAINE ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Actual shortage 2.5MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 203911
XYLOCAINE 1% W EPINEPHRINE 1:200000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 5MCG 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 222673
XYLOCAINE 2% W EPINEPHRINE 1:200000 ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 5MCG 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 222670
TELMISARTAN SANIS HEALTH INC Actual shortage 40MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 223276
AURO-SIMVASTATIN AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 208787
AURO-OLMESARTAN AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 199665
AURO-MODAFINIL AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 208757
AURO-MELOXICAM AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 15MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 211603
AURO-LACOSAMIDE AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 217639
AURO-CEFPROZIL AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 217630
APTIOM SUMITOMO PHARMA CANADA, INC. Anticipated shortage 400MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 224106
JAMP TELMISARTAN-HCT JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Actual shortage 12.5MG 80MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 211816
JAMP AMOXI CLAV JAMP PHARMA CORPORATION Actual shortage 125MG 875MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 223977
MAR-CIPROFLOXACIN MARCAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-15 213720
ULTRA-TECHNEKOW V4 CURIUM CANADA INC Actual shortage 19CI Updated Report 2024-04-15 224803
!!T3 BUPIVACAINE INJECTION BP STERIMAX INC Actual shortage 2.5MG Updated Report 2024-04-14 213681
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE XR SANIS HEALTH INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2024-04-14 223281
PROQUAD MERCK CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 3.99Log10 PFU 3.00Log10 TCID50 4.30Log10 TCID50 3.00Log10 TCID50 Updated Report 2024-04-13 221447
METHOTREXATE SUBCUTANEOUS ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 25MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224951
OMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM DELAYED RELEASE TABLETS ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224957
SANDOZ OXYCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224969
SANDOZ OXYCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 325MG 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224972
PMS-CYCLOBENZAPRINE - TAB 10MG PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 225089
CYMBALTA ELI LILLY CANADA INC Actual shortage 60MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 220042
HUMALOG ELI LILLY CANADA INC Resolved 100UNIT Updated Report 2024-04-13 223890
ACH-ALENDRONATE ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-13 224954
APO-ANASTROZOLE APOTEX INC Anticipated shortage 1MG New Report 2024-04-12 225101
CISATRACURIUM OMEGA MULTIDOSE OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Anticipated shortage 2MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 224261
COTAZYM ORGANON CANADA INC. Anticipated shortage 35000UNIT 40000UNIT 10000UNIT New Report 2024-04-12 225096
VIMPAT UCB CANADA INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 225092
PMS-VALACYCLOVIR PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 222390
PMS-IPRATROPIUM PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 21MCG Updated Report 2024-04-12 214337
PMS-IRBESARTAN-HCTZ PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 25MG 300MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 218776
PMS-DICLOFENAC-MISOPROSTOL PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 200MCG 50MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 210336
SOFLAX CAPSULES 100MG PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 100MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 218770
PMS-VALPROIC ACID E.C. PHARMASCIENCE INC Actual shortage 500MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 153637
APO-OXCARBAZEPINE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 300MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 224598
APO-METOPROLOL APOTEX INC Actual shortage 50MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 224595
PMS-TADALAFIL PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 218782
APO-PRAMIPEXOLE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 1.5MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 223055
APO-LETROZOLE APOTEX INC Resolved 2.5MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 223043
PMS-LITHIUM CARBONATE - CAP 150MG PHARMASCIENCE INC Resolved 150MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 207100
APO-BACLOFEN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 222455
APO-METHYLPHENIDATE APOTEX INC Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 221723

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
MYLAN-VERAPAMIL MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS ULC Discontinued 80MG Updated Report 2024-04-12 224846
TD ADSORBED SANOFI PASTEUR LIMITED To be discontinued 5LF 2LF Updated Report 2024-04-10 206909
PEDIACEL SANOFI PASTEUR LIMITED To be discontinued 5MCG 20MCG 30MCG 10MCG 32UNIT 8UNIT 40UNIT 5LF 15LF 20MCG 3MCG Updated Report 2024-04-10 206912
DENTICARE CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE ORAL RINSE 0.12% AMD MEDICOM INC Discontinued 0.12% New Report 2024-04-09 224698
DENTICARE CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE ORAL RINSE 0.12% AMD MEDICOM INC Discontinued 0.12% Updated Report 2024-04-09 224713