Archive for October 3, 2014

Story 37 Triazolam for conscious sedation

A dentist in eastern Ontario reports that triazolam has not been available for conscious sedation during dental procedures for about six months.

Story 36 Cefixime for gonorrhoea

On 26 September, posted this announcement:

The Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) has been made aware of a national cefixime shortage which is expected to last until September 2015. There is only one Canadian supplier of cefixime at present; however, the shortage is a result of a problem with a third party manufacturer.

Gonococcal infections have shown progressive resistance to penicillin, tetracycline, and quinolones; third generation oral and injectable cephalosporins are the last remaining first-line treatments. As one of the recommended treatments for gonococcal infections, the shortage of cefixime hinders our efforts to control this infection.