Drug shortages

Our members continue to be vigilant in proactively identifying potential supply issues and working with Canadian governments to quickly determine possible solutions.

If a pharmaceutical company anticipates that it will experience delays in supplying the Canadian market with an approved medicine to meet expected patient demand (i.e. normal prescription volumes), the company will report this as a drug shortage to Health Canada and it will be posted on the Drug Shortages Canada website.

In response to the public health crisis, some pharmacies have put in place temporary measures to manage the supply of medicines to prevent the public from stockpiling and creating unintended shortages. This is often at the direction of provincial governments and does not necessarily indicate that a particular medicine is in short supply.

If you have concerns about accessing a prescription medication, please contact your healthcare provider for advice on your treatment options.