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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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Shortage Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
SABRIL LUNDBECK PHARMACEUTICALS LLC Anticipated shortage 500MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 178697
BIPHENTIN ELVIUM LIFE SCIENCES Actual shortage 30MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 180941
GD-DICLOFENAC/MISOPROSTOL 50 GENMED A DIVISION OF PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 200MCG 50MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 180226
IDARUBICIN PFIZER CANADA ULC Anticipated shortage 1MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 176929
YAZ PLUS BAYER INC Actual shortage 0.451MG 0.451MG 0.02MG 3.00MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 172253
GENTAMICIN(E) BAXTER CORPORATION Actual shortage 1.6MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 179918
JANUVIA MERCK CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 100MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 182687
APO-VALPROIC ACID ORAL SOLUTION APOTEX INC Anticipated shortage 250MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 182684
0.9% SODIUM CHLORIDE IRRIGATION, USP BAXTER CORPORATION Actual shortage 900MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 181393
SORBITOL MANNITOL IRRIGATION ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Actual shortage 5.4MG 27MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 180329
SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 9MG New Report 2023-01-30 182677
SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 9MG New Report 2023-01-30 182674
LACTATED RINGER'S INJECTION ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Actual shortage 3.1MG 0.2MG 0.3MG 6MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 180326
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 100% Updated Report 2023-01-30 172849
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 100% Updated Report 2023-01-30 172843
STERILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION USP ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Anticipated shortage 100% Updated Report 2023-01-30 172840
HEPARIN LEO INJ 1000UNIT/ML LEO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 1000UNIT Updated Report 2023-01-30 181252
MINT-SPIRONOLACTONE MINT PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 25MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 169552
MINT-SPIRONOLACTONE MINT PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 169555
VISIPAQUE 270 GE HEALTHCARE CANADA INC Resolved 550MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 161445
CORTEF PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 178292
LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE AND EPINEPHRINE INJECTION USP PFIZER CANADA ULC Resolved 0.01MG 20MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 164619
ZITHROMAX - PWS ORL 100MG/5ML PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2023-01-30 176316
THYROGEN SANOFI GENZYME, A DIVISION OF SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 0.9MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 172865
THIAMIJECT INJECTION - LIQ IM IV 100MG/ML OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 182152
PAXIL TAB 20MG GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 182602
ELOCTATE SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 1500UNIT Updated Report 2023-01-28 179335
GLUCAGON ELI LILLY CANADA INC Resolved 1MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 180461
METHOTREXATE SUBCUTANEOUS ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 181024
DEXAMETHASONE OMEGA UNIDOSE OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 182149
ACH-PRAVASTATIN ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2023-01-28 161340
ACH-TELMISARTAN HCTZ ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 12.5MG 80MG New Report 2023-01-27 182634
ACH-ROSUVASTATIN ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 10MG New Report 2023-01-27 182631
ACH-METHOTREXATE ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 2.5MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 175835
ACH-APIXABAN ACCORD HEALTHCARE INC Actual shortage 5MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 175838
GLUCOPHAGE SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Actual shortage 850MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 178385
ARAVA SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 165914
ZARONTIN SEARCHLIGHT PHARMA INC Actual shortage 250MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 172389
VIIBRYD ABBVIE CORPORATION Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 178808
CEFAZOLIN FOR INJECTION STERIMAX INC Anticipated shortage 10G Updated Report 2023-01-27 182608
CEFTAZIDIME FOR INJECTION BP STERIMAX INC Anticipated shortage 1G Updated Report 2023-01-27 182605
ELOCTATE SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Resolved 2000UNIT Updated Report 2023-01-27 172500
GRANISETRON HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 179332
NEOSTIGMINE OMEGA OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 182155
DEXTROSE INJECTION OMEGA LABORATORIES LIMITED Anticipated shortage 50% Updated Report 2023-01-27 182591
MORPHINE HP 50 - 50MG/ML USP SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 50MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 169026
SANDOZ TAMSULOSIN CR SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 0.4MG New Report 2023-01-27 182582
SANDOZ RISPERIDONE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 2MG New Report 2023-01-27 182578
CYTOMEL PFIZER CANADA ULC Actual shortage 25MCG Updated Report 2023-01-27 180924
SANDOZ OLANZAPINE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 10.0MG New Report 2023-01-27 182571

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
RUZURGI MEDUNIK CANADA Reversed 10MG Updated Report 2023-01-27 156611
FORADIL DRY POWDER CAPSULES FOR INHALATION NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Discontinued 12MCG Updated Report 2023-01-25 172087
ONIVYDE SERVIER CANADA INC Reversed 4.3MG Updated Report 2023-01-25 164803
IBAVYR PENDOPHARM DIVISION OF PHARMASCIENCE INC Discontinued 200MG Updated Report 2023-01-20 182060
IBAVYR PENDOPHARM DIVISION OF PHARMASCIENCE INC Discontinued 400MG Updated Report 2023-01-20 182029
GALLIUM LANTHEUS MI CANADA INC Discontinued 74MBq Updated Report 2023-01-20 161428
BETOPTIC S NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC Discontinued 0.25% Updated Report 2023-01-19 170389
GLUCAGON ELI LILLY CANADA INC To be discontinued 1MG Updated Report 2023-01-14 165759
VIZIMPRO PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 15MG Updated Report 2023-01-14 180950
VIZIMPRO PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 30MG Updated Report 2023-01-14 180953
VIZIMPRO PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 45MG Updated Report 2023-01-14 180956
ENBREL IMMUNEX CORPORATION Discontinued 1ML 25MG Updated Report 2023-01-13 168157
URSO APTALIS PHARMA CANADA ULC Discontinued 250MG Updated Report 2023-01-06 177861
1.6% SODIUM CHLORDIE PROCESSING SOLUTION BAXTER CORPORATION Discontinued 1.6G Updated Report 2023-01-01 178273
HEPSERA GILEAD SCIENCES CANADA INC Discontinued 10MG Updated Report 2022-12-27 171243
ZOLEDRONIC ACID FOR INJECTION JUNO PHARMACEUTICALS CORP. Discontinued 4MG Updated Report 2022-12-24 179368
FOSRENOL TAKEDA CANADA INC To be discontinued 250MG New Report 2022-12-20 178916
DEPO-PROVERA PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 150MG New Report 2022-12-20 178960
DEPO-PROVERA PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 150MG New Report 2022-12-20 178953
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 20 MEQ IN 3.3% DEXTROSE AND 0.3% SODIUM CHLORIDE ICU MEDICAL CANADA INC Discontinued 0.149G 0.3G 3.3G Updated Report 2022-12-15 148683