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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
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 1MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135436
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135439
ZESTRIL SEARCHLIGHT PHARMA INC Actual shortage 20MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 216942
VAQTA MERCK CANADA INC Resolved 50UNIT Updated Report 2024-03-02 220279
OLANZAPINE ODT SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 79600
MORPHINE SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 30MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 100028
MORPHINE SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 60MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 100031
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 2MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135430
TERAZOSIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 5MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135433
RIVA-ANASTROZOLE LABORATOIRE RIVA INC. Actual shortage 1MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 217917
SANDOZ LURASIDONE SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Resolved 80MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 219228
SENSORCAINE WITH EPINEPHRINE ASPEN PHARMACARE CANADA INC. Actual shortage 5MCG 5MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 219442
NALCROM SANOFI-AVENTIS CANADA INC Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 220296
LOVASTATIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 103759
LOVASTATIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 103762
LORAZEPAM SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 2.0MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135879
LORAZEPAM SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 1.0MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 135885
FAMOTIDINE SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 40MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 144050
LOSARTAN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 100MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 145528
LOSARTAN/HCTZ SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 12.5MG 100MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 145537
KETALAR SEARCHLIGHT PHARMA INC Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 215627
LEVETIRACETAM SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 250MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 217793
DICLOFENAC EC SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 50MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 78849
DICLOFENAC K SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 50MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 91112
FAMOTIDINE SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 20MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 127488
ALPRAZOLAM SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 0.25MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 144032
BUPROPION SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 100MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 144044
BUPROPION SR SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 150MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 144047
CLARITHROMYCIN SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 125MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 165567
CLOPIDOGREL SANIS HEALTH INC Resolved 75MG Updated Report 2024-03-02 187295
NALOXONE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP HIKMA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 210664
LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP HIKMA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 207616
ENALAPRILAT INJECTION USP HIKMA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 1.25MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 213843
LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE INJECTION USP HIKMA CANADA LIMITED Actual shortage 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 207619
!!T3 APO-TAMSULOSIN CR APOTEX INC Actual shortage 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 200177
!!T3 APO-TAMSULOSIN CR APOTEX INC Actual shortage 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 205480
!!T3 APO-TAMSULOSIN CR APOTEX INC Actual shortage 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 209286
APO-LEVOFLOXACIN APOTEX INC Actual shortage 750MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 212569
!!T3 ARGATROBAN SANDOZ CANADA INCORPORATED Actual shortage 100MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 169150
AURO-AMOXICLAV AURO PHARMA INC Actual shortage 125MG 500MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 199557
TARO-CIPROFLOXACIN/DEXAMETHASONE TARO PHARMACEUTICALS INC Actual shortage 0.1% 0.3% Updated Report 2024-03-01 150683
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 75MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 175041
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 75MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 173678
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 178205
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 150MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 178202
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 37.5MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 178195
TARO-VENLAFAXINE XR SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 37.5MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 178192
TARO-RAMIPRIL HCTZ SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Resolved 25MG 10MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 199140
TARO-RAMIPRIL HCTZ SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Resolved 12.5MG 5MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 199137
TARO-PREGABALIN SUN PHARMA CANADA INC Actual shortage 50MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 199131

Discontinuation Reports

Brand name Company Name Status Strength Update Date Updated View Report
AGRYLIN TAKEDA CANADA INC Discontinued 0.5MG Updated Report 2024-03-01 210182
RISEDRONATE SANIS HEALTH INC Discontinued 35MG Updated Report 2024-02-29 220861
PROCTOSEDYL APTALIS PHARMA CANADA ULC To be discontinued 1% 1% 0.5% 0.5% New Report 2024-02-23 220351
!!T3 LODALIS BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Discontinued 3.75G New Report 2024-02-20 212799
!!T3 FLOMAX CR BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM (CANADA) LTD LTEE Discontinued 0.4MG Updated Report 2024-02-17 213714
DULOXETINE SANIS HEALTH INC To be discontinued 60MG Updated Report 2024-02-15 219591
DULOXETINE SANIS HEALTH INC To be discontinued 30MG New Report 2024-02-15 219618
INTEGRILIN MERCK CANADA INC Discontinued 0.75MG Updated Report 2024-02-14 155790
INTEGRILIN MERCK CANADA INC Discontinued 2MG Updated Report 2024-02-14 155794
FRAGMIN PFIZER CANADA ULC Discontinued 10000UNIT Updated Report 2024-02-14 196174
NIFEDIPINE ER PRO DOC LIMITEE Discontinued 30MG New Report 2024-02-12 219232
VITAMIN A ACID BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Discontinued 0.05% Updated Report 2024-02-08 217843
VITAMIN A ACID BAUSCH HEALTH, CANADA INC. Discontinued 0.025% Updated Report 2024-02-08 217848
GLUCAGEN NOVO NORDISK CANADA INC To be discontinued 1MG Updated Report 2024-02-06 198040
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL FOR INJECTION USP STERIMAX INC To be discontinued 500MG New Report 2024-02-06 216963
GLUCONORM 1.0MG NOVO NORDISK CANADA INC To be discontinued 1.0MG Updated Report 2024-02-02 201486
ISENTRESS MERCK CANADA INC To be discontinued 25MG Updated Report 2024-02-02 204164
CLAVULIN 500 F TAB GLAXOSMITHKLINE INC Discontinued 125MG 500MG New Report 2024-02-02 218240
ZIAGEN VIIV HEALTHCARE ULC Discontinued 300MG Updated Report 2024-02-02 197544
AURO-AMOXICLAV AURO PHARMA INC Discontinued 125MG 250MG New Report 2024-02-02 218221