Protocol for the Notification and Communication of Drug Shortages2017-03-14
In 2013, the MSSC has developed the Protocol for the Notification and Communication of Drug Shortages. The Protocol sets clear expectations in anticipation of, or in response to a drug shortage. This protocol is premised on the early notification of drug shortages or discontinuations by manufacturers/importers and was updated in 2017 in response to the introduction of the regulations on mandatory drug shortage and discontinuation reporting by the Government of Canada, as well as the launch of a new reporting website www.drugshortagescanada.ca. It also clarifies the roles and responsibilities of key actors across the supply chain in response to an impending or actual shortage.