Media Reports – Canada

Katie Fraser, Nationwide vaccine shortage could cause trouble for travellers, CBC News, 4 December 2017.

Kelly Grant, Ottawa unveils new draft regulations for drug pricing, Globe and Mail, 2 December 2017.

Charlie Fidelman, Quebec pharmacy shelves running out of crucial heart medication [sotalol], Montreal Gazette, 28 November2017.

Sara Champagne, Crises des opiacés: la naloxone en rupture de stock, La Presse, 15 November 2017.

Keith Gerein, Alberta now has good supply of bicarbonate but restrictions remain, Edmonton Journal, 20 August 2017.

Jaimy Lee, Bill to allow imported drugs from Canada, MM&M online, 14 August 2017.

Ruth Lopert and Steve Morgan, NAFTA talks may threaten Canada’s steps toward universal pharmacare, Toronto Star, 4 August 2017.

Richard Woodbury, Mom unhappy pharmacist said little about drug shortage, CBC News, 2 August 2017.

Vanessa Milne et al., Drug shortages, the ‘new normal’ and hard to fix, Healthy Debate, 13 July 2017.

Jeff Southcott, Mom finds short term solution in search for son’s life-saving drug, CBC News, 7 July 2017. See also here.

Richard Woodbury, Mom scrambling to find drug that precents life-threatening allergic reaction [son has autism and Ehlers Danlos]–Nova Scotia, CBC News, 5 July 2017.

Les Perreault et al, Industry warns against Quebec’s drug plan, citing potential shortages, Globe and Mail, 28 June 2017.

Josh Wingrove et al. Canada ponders an unusual drug problem: a shortage of [medical and recreational] marijuana, Bloomberg, 23 June 2017.

Clare Clancy, Alberta Health Services extends supply of life saving drug during shortage [sodium bicarbonate, using pill instead], Edmonton Sun, 21 June 2017. See also here.

Canadian Press, Health Canada warns of drug shortage [sodium bicarbonate], Durham Region, 17 June 2017. See also CBC and Weinreb and Edmonton news.

Kelly Grant, The pressure of Big Pharma: financial conflicts of interest common in medical guideline panels, Globe and Mail, 20 June 2017.

Kelly Grant, Canadian drug makers paid at least $48.3 M to doctors, health care organizations in 2016, Globe and Mail, 20 June 2017.

Tori Weldon, You cannot just stop these medications. No end in sight for Parkinson’s drug shortage. CBC News, 24 April 2017.

PR Newswire, Public reporting of drug shortages and discontinuances by industry now mandatory, Yahoo Finance, 14 March 2017.

Reuters, [A Canadian study] Drug shortage in 2011 tied to increase deaths [norepinephrine for shock in US hospitals], Fox News, 22 March 2017. See also here and here.

Emily Vail et al., Norepinephrine shortage and mortality among patients with septic shock, JAMA, 21 March 2017.

Nav Persaud, An essential medicines list could ensure all Canadians have access to the drugs they need, CBC News, 17 March 2016. See also en français

Paul Pedro, No shortage of chemotherapy drugs for local cancer patients, Blackburn News [Chatham], 9 March 2017.

Staff writer, Ontario cancer patient in limboover chemotherapy drug shortages, CTV News, 7 March 2017.

James Moore, Health Canada releases previously quarantined meds to ease chemo drug shortage, In-Depth Radio News-Talk 1010, 7 March 2017. See also CTV News and City News.

Melanie Glanz, Chemotherapy drug shortage delays treatment north of Toronto, CBC News, 6 March 2017.

Carly Weeks, With universal drug coverage, Canadians could save billions: study, Globe and Mail, 27 February 2017.

Dylan Girardi, Drug shortages, Manufacturing accountability increasing [about Montreal based study], Pharmacy Times, 23 February 2017.

Rinaldi, F et al. Drug shortages: Patients and health care providers are all drawing the short straw, Canadian J of Cardiology, February 2017.

Paul Christopher Webster, How big Pharma is gouging your drug plan, Globe and Mail, 31 January 2017.

Dean Stolz, Duncan woman worried about Ventolin shortage, CHEK, 4 January 2017.

Clara Rodriguez Fernandez, Sanofi quiety leaves bladder cancer patients in the lurch,, 22 November 2016. See also here and here.

Benjamin Davies, Sanofi shuts down bladder cancer drug production, Forbes,17 November 2016.

Brian Cross, Proposed diluted chemo settlement ‘like a slap in the face,’ Windsor Star, 11 November 2016.

Jackie Hong, Proposed settlement reached in diluted chemo drug class action, Toronto Star, 11 November 2016.

Vik Adhopia, Get ready to pay more for private drug [insurance] plans, CBC News, 14 November 2016.

Hollie Shaw, Jean Coutu sees sales grow despite provincial drug reform, Montreal Gazette, 5 October 2016.

Agnes Shanley, Sterile injectables shortages: Can innovation end a crisis? [describes Canadian firm VanRX] PharmaTech News, vol, 40.9, 20-24, 2 September 2016.

Anon., Biolyse Pharma stymied in effort to make cheaper version of pricey prostate cancer drug, CBC News, 31 August 2016.

Paul Forsyth, Out of country competitor chosen over Niagra’s Biolyse to supply cancer drug, Niagara This Week, 26 August 2016.

Bill Sawchuk, Local pharmaceutical firm fighting uphill battle, St Catharines Standard, 25 August 2016.

Don Fraser, Biolyse slams Medbuy reasons for contract denial, St. Catharines Standard, 21 August 2016.

Jesse Feith, Antipsychotic drug shortage alarming for those who need it [Modecate (fluphenazine decanoate)]. Montreal Gazette, 16 August 2016.

Jessie Feith, Antipsychotic drug shortage alarming for those who need it, Montreal Gazette, 9 August 2016.

Ross McLaughlin et al. Nationwide epilepsy drug shortage impacting patient health, CTV News, 11 July 2016.

Glenda Luymes, Anti-seizure medication shortage worries Vancouver patients, Vancouver Sun, 2 July 2016. See also here.

CP, Ottawa posts regulations for mandatory drug-shortage reporting by manufacturers, Times Colonist, 29 June 2016. See also CTV News.

Sheryl Ubelacker, Epilepsy drug shortage leaves patients desperate, Mississauga News, 29 June 2016. See also here CTV News.

G. Eom, P. Grootendorst, J. Duffin, The case for an essential medicines list for Canada, CMAJ, 13 June 2016.

Queen’s University, Researcher [your humble webmaster Duffin] pushes for tool to combat drug shortages, press release EurekAlert!, 13 June 2016. See also here.

Brendan Kergin, Shortage of anti-overdose drug kits resolved in BC, Infotel, 6 June 2016.

Anon. Federal Government orders mandatory reporting of drug shortages, Canada Journal, 21 May 2016.

Joanne Levasseur, Health Canada orders mandatory reporting of drug shortages, Manitoba CBC online, 20 May 2016.

Carly Weeks, Federal government to require drug industry to report shortages, Globe and Mail, 20 May 2016.

Health Canada, Government of Canada moves forward with mandatory reporting of drug shortages and discontinuances, CNW, 19 May 2016. See also Health Canada.

Anon. Syphilis on the rise in Manitoba amid treatment shortage, CBC News, 17 May 2016.

Tom Blackwell, Crisis over syphilis treatment as Canada running out of drug used to treat potentially deadly infection, National Post, 2 May 2016.

CBC News, Critical shortage of epilepsy drug, Divalproex, ends, CBC News, 23 April 2016.

Emily Campbell, Ongoing drug shortage [Epival] puts people with epilepsy at risk of seizure. CJAD 800 News, 21 April 2016.

Marvin Ross, What can the new minister of health do about drug shortages? Huffington Post, 8 March 2016.

Emily Chan, Ventolin shortage in Canada prompts concern over generic substitute, CTV News, 2 March 2016.

Cynthia Roebuck, Shortage of asthma drug alarms patients, CTV News, 1 March 2016.

Anon. Epilepsy drug shortage part of a growing problem, BC Pharamacy Association says, CBC News, 26 February 2016.

Carly Weeks, Epilepsy drug shortage in Canada worries patients, families, Globe and Mail, 21 February 2016.

CTV Staff, Ongoing problem of drug shortages frustrates patients, CTV News, 12 February 2016

Zachary Brennan, WHO offers new plan to limit drug shortages, RAPS, 29 January 2016

Elizabeth Church, Ministers to begin talks on prescription drugs access, Globe and Mail, 20 January 2016.

Elizabeth Church, Ottawa seeks to join provinces to cut cost of prescription drugs, Globe and Mail, 18 January 2016.

Conseil pour la protection des malades, Tendering for drug purchases [Québec]: CPM fears potential impact of patients’ interests, press release,, 9 December 2015.

Hollie Shaw, Quebec’s drug reforms expected to hurt generic arms of Loblaw Cos, Jean Coutu, Financial Post, 20 November 2015.

Ross Marowits, Quebec pharmacies vow ‘big battle’ against province’s drug pricing plan, Globe and Mail, 27 November 2015.

Dave Squires, Halifax mother raises concern over EpiPen shortage, Global News, 31 October 2015.

Heather Culbert, Why the TPP trade deal is a threat to public health, Globe and Mail, 18 July 2015.

Jane Taber, National pharmacare has large support across Canada, poll says, Globe and Mail, 15 July 2015.

NDP, Conservative prescription drug failures put Canadian’s health at risk, Northumberland View, 9 July 2015.

Melanie Glanz, Shortage of critical TB, lung infection drug [ethambutol] worries patient, doctor, CBC News, 7 July 2015.

Health Canada, Harper Government moves to implement mandatory drug shortage reporting,, and Newswire, 23 June 2015. [NB this is the THIRD time the same announcement has been made; nothing has been done–e.g. see Tracking page, 15 September 2014 and 10 February 2015].

Kelly Crowe, How pharmaceutical company Alexion set the price of the world’s most expensive drug, CBC News, 25 June 2015.

Ed Silverman, Hospira manufacturing woes continue as Canada bans drugs from a plant, Pharmalot, Wall Street Journal, 16 June 2015.

Dana Wanniarachige, Many reasons for shortage of drugs yet nothing being done, Windsor Star, 29 May 2015

Rona Ambrose, Drug shortages complex global problem [Ambrose RE-announces plan first announced last February], Hill Times, 20 April 2015.

Anon., Understanding prescription drug shortages, Desjardins Insurance, 27 March 2015.

Helen Branswell, National pharmacare program could save $7.3 billion, CMAJ Study, Huffington Post Canada, 16 March 2015.

Sara, Bogus children’s remedy invented by CBC Marketplace approved by Health Canada, Science-Based Pharmacy, 15 March 2015.

Alexander Panetta, Canadian reply to $500M US pharma suit: guesses don’t make valid patents [atomoxetine and olanzapine], Toronto Star, 11 February 2015.

Staff, CMA, CGPA respond to mandatory drug shortage reporting rules, CTV News, 10 February 2015.

Staff, New drug shortage rules don’t go far enough, says BC mother, CBC News, 10 February 2015.

Susan Lunn, Drugmakers to be required to post info on shortages, CBC News, 10 February 2015.

Reed F. Beall, Jason W. Nickerson, Amir Attaran, Pan-Canadian overpricing of medicines: a 6-country study of cost control for generic medicines, Open Medicine, vol. 8, no. 4, 2014

Catherine McIntyre, Investigating Canada’s Drug Scarcity, Readers Digest, December 2014

Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain, Pénuries de médicaments: péril en hôpital, Le Soleil, 22 November 2014.

Health Canada, Products affected by action to stop imports from Apotex and IPCA laboratories in India, 30 September 2014.

Dave Bruser and Jesse McLean, Canadians kept in the dark about defective drugs, Toronto Star, 11 September 2014.

Clare Mellor, National shortage of bladder cancer drug affects NS patients, Chronicle Herald, 10 September 2014.

Sheyl Ubelacker, Shortage of bladder cancer drug could be tragic for patients, doctor says. Times Colonist, 8 September 2014.

Andre Picard, Canadian shortage of vital bladder cancer drug prompts rationing, Globe and Mail, 8 September 2014.

Michael Geist, How a 20-year old patent application could upend Canada’s biggest trade deal [CETA], Toronto Star, 1 August 2014

Sonya Felix, BCPhA wants mandatory drug shortages reporting, Canadian Health Care Network, 18 July 2014.

Jeff Gray, Eli Lilly NAFTA challenge ‘without merit’ Ottawa says, Globe and Mail, 14 July 2014.

Steve Arnold, Cancer drug to be available again soon [paclitaxel], Hamilton Spectator, 18 July 2014.

CTV News, Panic situation. Top doctor critical of drug shortage information sharing, CTV News, 25 June 2014.

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, “Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Calls for Changes to Address Drug Shortages,” press release 19 June 2014.

Craig Pearson, Drug shortages in Ontario: clear problems, no clear answers, The Windsor Star, 16 June 2014.

Eric Palmer, Health Canada lets Biolyse restore production of paclitaxel, Fierce Pharma, 12 June 2014.

Sheryl Ubelacker, Cancer drug maker’s license reinstated, Globe and Mail, 12 June 2014.

John Fulton, Health Canada reinstates Biolyse Pharma’s Establishment Licence, Fierce Pharam Manufacturing, 12 June 2014.

Scott Rosts, Cancer drug maker remains on life support, Niagara This Week, 12 June 2014.

Anon. Hospira refutes high pricing of paclitaxel during drug shortage, Pharma Letter, 8 June 2014.

Aaron Derfel, Sudden shortage of cancer medication means some hospitals pay up to 100 times more for the drug, Montreal Gazette, 3 June 2014.

Su-Lin Goh and staff, What’s behind Canada’s drug shortage, Global News, 27 May 2014.

CBC News, Penicillin shortages surprises Edmonton ER doctor, CBC News, 26 May 2014

Susan Lunn, Drug shortages worsening as Health Canada starts tidy to address it, CBC News, 26 May 2014.

Pamela Fayerman, Health Canada seeks input from patients on drug shortages, Vancouver Sun, 26 May 2014.

Lauren Strapagiel, Biolyse vs. Health Canada. Battle brewing after cancer drug maker’s licence suspended. O Canada, 13 May 2014.

Kelly Grant, St. Catharines asks Ambrose to intervene in shutdown of cancer-drug maker, Globe and Mail, 13 May 2014.

Armina Legay, Cancer drug maker mulls legal action after Health Canada shuts down plant over ‘significant concerns,’ Financial Post, 13 May 2014.

Don Fraser, Hospira, Health Canada say drug supply OK, Welland Tribune, 12 May 2013.

BioNiagara, Oldest producer in the world of chemo drug Paclitaxel for injection fights for its life, CNW, 12 May 2014.

Anne Francis, Health Canada suspends cancer drug manufacturer Biolyse Pharma. More harm than good? Tech Times, 11 May 2014

Don Fraser, Biolyse in peril after licence suspended, St Catharines Standard, 9 May 2014.

Kelly Grant, Health Canada in a battle over cancer drug-maker’s shutdown, Globe and Mail, 9 May 2014.

Lauren Strapagiel, Cancer drug manufacturer Biolyse says suspension could lead to shortages,, 9 May 2014.

CBC News, Prescription drug shortages compromising patient care, British Columbia, 25 April 2014.

Carly Weeks, Arthritis drug stops selling in Canada: leaves young patients desperate, Globe and Mail, 21 April 2014.

Zachary Brennan, US FDA issues import alert on [Canadian-managed] Apotex’s Indian API facility, inPharma, 3 April 2014.

Brian Goldman, More trouble with Drug shortages, White Coat Black Art, CBC Radio blog, 31 March 2014.

Jacalyn Duffin, Why Canadians can expect more shortages of generic drugs, Globe and Mail, 7 March 2014.

Kelly Grant, Ritalin makes report shortages of popular treatment for ADHF, Globe and Mail, 1 March 2014.

CTV News, Hospitals warn of potential medicine shortage, CTV Montreal News, 28 February 2014.

Tina Teneriello, Hospital pharmacists forced to use old and recycled drugs, CJAD 800 News, 28 February 2014.

Montreal Gazette, Pharmacists alarmed over Ritalin shortage, Montreal Gazette, 26 February 2014.

CBC News, Ritalin shortage prompts call for Health Canada Changes, CBC, 26 February 2014.

Laura Eggertson, Three heart medications in short supply across Canada [flecainide, propafenone, dofetilide], Canadian Medical Association Journal, 6 February 2014.

Telegram, Independent pharmacies say government slow to list generic drugs, The Telegram [St John’s NL], 5 February 2014.

Sean Kilpatrick, Shortage of important heart medication causing concern [Flecainide], Montreal Gazette, 29 January 2014.

Sean Pine, Supreme Court upholds Ontario ban on house-brand generic drugs, Globe and Mail, 22 November 2013.

Adam Radwanski, Ontario’s worst fear about CETA isn’t realized [re pharamceutical patents], Globe and Mail, 21 October 2013.

Tu Thanh Ha, Untried sedative to be used in lethal injection tonight because of drug shortage, Globe and Mail, 15 October 2013. [for more on this topic, see our page Media Reports-USA]

Don Fraser, Feds give Biolyse a funding booster, St Catharines Standard, 29 September 2012.

Tom Blackwell, Drug shortage ‘crisis’ may have contributed to deaths of four Canadians last year, anesthetists say, National Post, 15 October 2013 [about Hall et al, June 2013 below].

Jacalyn Duffin, Guest Blog: Big Shortage; Little Action, White Coat Black Art, CBC Radio, 12 October 2013.

Dr Brian Goldman, The Drug Shortage: An Encore and Update, White Coat Black Art, CBC Radio, 12 October 2013.

Kasi Stastna, Eli Lilly files $500M NAFTA suit against Canada over drug patents, CBC News, 13 September 2013.

Keith Gerein, New procedure for revealing drug shortages announced in Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 13 September 2013. [This procedure is not new]

Stuart Trew, Eli Lilly’s NAFTA lawsuit should prompt rethink of investor “rights” deals, Council of Canadians, 20 August 2013.

Bill Rodrigues, Local hospitals ready for potential drug shortage, Brantford Expositor, 16 August 2013.

Press release, Sandoz is temporarily issuing a stock protection system, Sandoz, 13 August 2013.

Bill Curry and Josh Wingrove, At Council of the Federation, premiers take on crowded agenda, Globe and Mail, 24 July 2013.

Mike Blanchfield, Canada urged to reject TPP drug patent proposal as bad for poor countries. Maclean’s, 16 July 2013.

Jeff Gray, Lilly ramps up NAFTA fight over loss of patents, Globe and Mail, 15 July 2013.

Richard Hall, Gregory L. Bryson, Gordon Flowerdew, David Neilipovitz, Agnieszka Grabowski-Comeau, Alexis F. Turgeon ‘Drug shortages in Canadian anesthesia: a national survey,’ Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, June 2013. See also erratum.

Andrew L. Wang, Lawsuit: Supplier ‘hoodwinked’ Hospira in contract bid [over Canadian client], Health Care News–Crain’s Chicago Business, 14 May 2013.

David Andreatta, Buyer [GPO Medbuy] blames manufacturer for diluted cancer drugs, Globe and Mail, 7 May 2013.

Carly Weeks, US regulator warns Canadian drug maker Apotex about quality control, Globe and Mail, 26 April 2013.

Jeff Green, Canadian drug manufacturer Apotex may face import ban by U.S. regulators, Toronto Star, 26 April 2013.

CBC News, Apotex warned by U.S. to raise quality control standards, CBC News, 26 April 2013.

Dr Stephen Archer, A Hard Pill to Swallow: Why we don’t have penicillin in 2013, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University, Blogpost, 22 April 2013

Editorial, Province’s drug plan has costly unintended consequences, Calgary Herald, 13 April 2013.

Carly Weeks, Birth control recall: experts still unsatisfied with Health Canada despite investigation into delays, Globe and Mail 12 April 2013.

Nathan Morin [pharmacist], Featured letter: Albertans pay higher price for generics, Edmonton Journal, 5 April 2013.

Professor Michael Law, Achieving lower generic prices in Canada, Pharmacare 2020 Conference, UBC 26-27 February 2013, video posted 2 April 2013.

Pharmacare 2020 Conference UBC 26-27 February 2013, Q&A on generic drug pricing and availability, video posted 2 April 2012.

Dirk Matten, India’s generics drug ruling will help, not hinder, innovation, Globe and Mail, 2 April 2013.

Jeff Gray, Generic drugs: ‘Evergreening: a trick of the drug trade’ and ‘Closer to home: a similar balancing act,’ Globe and Mail, 2 April 2013, p. A11. [not online but visible if you Google author and titles].

Adrian Morrow, Health Ministers look to cut back on pricey diagnostic tests [& bulk purchasing of drugs], Globe and Mail, 15 March 2013.

James Fitz-Morris, 6 potential stumbling blocks to Canada-EU trade deal, Politics CBC News, 7 March 2013.

Danielle VandenBrink, Hsu presses feds on ‘black hole’ process, Kingston Whig Standard, 3 March 2013.

Jeff Gray and Tavia Grant, Eli Lilly CEO warns Canadian court rulings put jobs at risk, Globe and Mail, 14 February 2013.

Foo Yun Chee & Rex Merrifield [Reuters], EU regulators charge J&J, Novartis over generic painkiller delay, Globe and Mail, 31 January 2013.

Patrick Sullivan, Drug shortage extracting “terrible toll” on patients, Canadian Medical Association, 24 January 2013.

Susan Lunn, Provinces reach deal to save on six generic drugs, CBC News, 18 January 2013.

IHS Global Insight, New survey reveals ongoing drug shortages in Canada, 17 January 2013.

Jonathan Sher, Drug shortage hurting Canadians, survey of doctors and pharmacists finds, London Free Press and Sun Media, 14 January 2013.

Jeff Green, Manitoba woman suffered ear damage from substitute drug taken during shortage, Toronto Star, 1 January 2013. Also Story 15 at this website.

CBC News. Canada’s drug supply at risk, 28 December 2012.

Jeff Green, Voluntary drug shortage approved despite Health Canada’s concerns, Toronto Star, 27 December 2012.

Canadian Press, Voluntary drug-shortage reporting adopted despite concerns, CBC News, 27 December 2012

Will Campbell, Voluntary drug notice plan could lead to shortages, bureaucrats warned, iPolitics, 27 December 2012

Gerald Caplan, Tory defeat of generic bill is immoral, Globe and Mail, 30 November 2012.

Globe Editorial, Conservations should make it easier to sell generic drugs in developing world, Globe and Mail 27 November 2012.

Kirk Makin, In rare move, Pfizer asks Supreme Court to reconsider ruling that killed Viagra patent, Globe and Mail, 15 November 2013.

Gloria Galloway, Generic drug legislation ready for a rematch in the House, Globe and Mail, 14 November 2012.

Heather Scoffield, Canada faces drug patent concessions to clinch EU deal, Globe and Mail, 13 November 2012.

Globe Editorial, The Supreme Court, Viagra and innovation, Globe and Mail, 11 November 2012.

Kirk Makin, Supreme Court backs Canadian firm’s bid to make generic Viagra, Globe and Mail, 8 November 2012.

Sophie Cousineau, Pfizer to cut 300 Canadian jobs, Globe and Mail, 29 October 2012.

Beth Hong, Secret committee meetings harm Canadian democracy, say critics, The Vancouver Observer, 15 October 2012.

Jacalyn Duffin (webmaster) Drug shortage the real cause of [US] meningitis outbreak, CTV Canada AM, 13 October 2012.

Michael Tutton, Ottawa keen on joining provinces to buy drugs in bulk, health minister says, Global News, 28 September 2012.

Jackie L. Larson, Site tracking medicine shortages, Edmonton Sun, Canada News, 28 September 2012.

Jennifer L. Gibson, Sally Bean, Paula Chidwick, Dianne Godkin, Robert W. Sibbald and Frank Wagner, Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation during a Drug Supply Shortage Healthcare Quarterly, vol. 15, no 3, 2012.  This report  is also linked at the Ontario Minstry of Health and Long Term Care, 20 March 2012.

Tom Blackwell, It’s generic drugs or nothing Canadian insurers say, National Post, 10 September 2012.

Huffington Post, Allan Gregg’s speech slams Tories’ Orwellian ‘Assault on Reason,’ Huffington Post, 10 September 2012. [To his litany of Orwellian parallels, we can add blaming the global generic drug shortages on the Canadian provinces.]

Dr. Brian Goldman, The Prescription Drug Shortage, White Coat Black Art, CBC Radio One, 3 September 2012, blog with links to the podcast, interview with webmaster, and public reaction.

Theresa Boyle, Global drug shortage: Toronto MD [Paula Rochon] says doctors need to be part of solution, Toronto Star, 3 September 2012.

Matthew B. Stanbrook and Rosemary Killeen, Canada falls short on safe-guarding its drug supply, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 20 August 2012.

The Canadian Press, Plan needed to fight drug shortages, CBC News, 20 August 2012.

Editorial, Don’t let needed drugs disappear without notice, Globe and Mail, 7 August 2012.

Yannick Labrie, How can we prevent prescription drug shortages? Economic Note, Health Care Series, Montreal Economic Institute, July 2012

Dean Eurich, Pharmacists play crucial role in coping with drug shortage. Edmonton Journal, 31 July 2012.

Canadian Pharmacists Association, CPhD Supports Premiers’ Report but raises concerns over generic drug purchasing, News release, 26 July 2012

Jane Taber, Provinces to bulk-buy generic drugs in bid to cut health costs, Globe and Mail, 26 July 2012. For the Council of the Federation report, click here.

Caroline Alphonso, Overhaul needed for Ottawa’s discontinued drugs policy, critics say, disopyramidine for hyper tropic cardiomyopathy]” Globe and Mail, 24 July 2012.

FDA News, Mold Troubles at Sanofi Pasteur’s Toronto Plant Prompt Shutdown, Washington Drug Letter, 23 July 2012,

CBC News, Mould at Toronto plant may affect supplies of cancer drug, The Canadian Press, 11 July 2012.

Caroline Alphonso, Medcal experts call for new rules on discontinued drugs, Globe and Mail, 1 July 2012.

Anne McIlroy, Senator probes declining drug trials in Canada, Globe and Mail, 8 June 2012.

Editorial, Lack of drug R and D in Canada tough to swallow. Globe and Mail, 8 June 2012

Régis Vaillancourt, Drug shortages: what can hospital pharmacists do? Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacists, May-June 2012

Robert Matas, B.C. pharmacies face ban on generic subsidies, Globe and Mail, 21 May 2012.

Deron Hamel, Epilepsy community urged to alert MPs about drug-shortage issue, Voices of Epilepsy, e-newsletter of Epilepsy Ontario, 17 May 2012.

Jacalyn Duffin, Canadian drug shortage: recent history of a mystery, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 15 May 2012, 184.8: 1000.

Wayne Kondro, News: For the Record: It’s not our problem, feds say of drug shortage Canadian Medical Association Journal, 15 May 2012, 184.8: E419-420. Scroll down to “It’s not our problem, feds say.”

Steve Rennie, Liberals didn’t hold more secret meetings than the Conservatives after all, Huffington Post, 13 May 2012.

R. Campbell et al. Implications of ‘not me’ drugs for health systems: lessons from age-related macular degeneration, British Medical Journal, 1 May 2012

Richard Jones, Régis Vaillancourt, and Marcel Romanick, Dealing with the current drug shortage: impact, Strategies, Solutions, Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres, 27 April 2012. [webinar]

The Canadian Press, Quebec pharmacists urge province not to follow Ontario on lower generic drugs, Canadian Business, News & Analysis, 24 April 2012.

Marina Strauss and Karen Howlett, Pharmacies take hit as Ontario cuts generic drug payments again, Globe and Mail, 23 April 2012.

Daphné Cameron, Front commun contre les pénuries de médicaments, La Presse, 17 April 2012.

CBC News, Independent pharmacies rejecting N.L. deal, Newfoundland & Labrador CBC News, 17 April 2012.

Lia Lévesque, Pénurie de médicaments; des pénalités recommandées, La Presse, 16 April 2012.

iPolitics Webcast, U Ottawa, The way out of Canada’s drug shortages [panel discussion with Jeff Morrison of Can PhA, Suzanne Nurse of Best Medicines Coalition, Dr. John Haggie President of Can Med Assoc, and Dr. J. Duffin, webmaster of this site], 13 April 2012

Anna Mehler Paperny and Kim Mackrael, Why Canada is at risk of chronic drug shortages, Globe and Mail, 10 April 2012

Wayne Kondro, News: For the Record: It’s not our problem, feds say of drug shortage Canadian Medical Association Journal, scroll down to 5 April 2012.

Sean Silcoff, FDA bans Ontario firm from shipping products to U.S., Globe and Mail, 2 April 2012.

CBC, Canadian insurers will split cost of priciest drug claims, CBC, 3 April 2012.

Gloria Galloway, Top doctor decries political ‘finger pointing’ over drug shortage, Globe and Mail, 29 March 2012.

Sharon Kirkey, Generic drug maker working on shortfall, president tells MPs, Postmedia News, 27 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Minister warned about possible drug shortages in 2008, Leader Post, 26 March 2012.

Sheryl Ubelacker, Ottawa opens emergency drug stockpile to ease medication shortage, The Canadian Press, hosted at CBC, 26 March 2012.

Elizabeth Thompson, Committees more secretive under Chrétien, but Harper’s crew is catching up,, 5 March 2012. THE NUMBERS AND RANKINGS IN THIS REPORT WERE CONSIDERED ERRONEOUS. SEE RENNIE ITEM 13 May 2012 ABOVE.

Justina Reichel, Government must address drug shortage: Expert, The Epoch Times, 22 March 2012.

Ken Flegel, The adverse effects of brand-name drug prescribing, Canadian Medical Association Journal 184.5: 616, 20 March 2012. Item will be free in PubMed on 20 March 2013 (scroll to bottom of page).

Megan Ogilvie, Drug shortage forces hospice to turn away dying patient, Toronto Star, 17 March 2012.

Emily Jackson, Drug shortages: Single supplier for generic injectables at root of crisis in Canada, Toronto Star, 17 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Drugmaker [Sandoz] could profit from own drug shortage, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Health Canada fast-tracking drug shortage solution, Ottawa Citizen, 16 March 2012.

Pauline Tam and Sharon Kirkey, National strategy needed to prevent drug shortages, Postmedia News, 15 March 2012

The Canadian Press, Drug research gets funding boost from Ottawa, CBC News, 15 March 2012

Sheryl Ublelacker, Ottawa promises to speed up process to OK drugs, The Canadian Press, 15 March 2012

Gloria Galloway, Tories back NDP call for drug-shortage prevention plan, Globe and Mail, 14 March 2012

Josh Wingrove, In Alberta, pharmacists have a bitter pill to dispense, Globe and Mail, 13 March 2012

Jessica Murphy, Minister takes heat for drug shortages, Toronto Sun, 13 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Cardiac care agency fears drug shortage, Ottawa Citizen, 13 March 2012.

Alexa Giorgi, Canadian Cancer Society Urges Federal Leadership on Drug Shortages, press release, 12 March 2012

Megan Ogilvie, Clinics cancelling surgeries over drug shortage, Toronto Star, 10 March 2012

Kim Mackrael, Hospitals depart from standard practices as injectables become scare, Globe and Mail, 10 March 2012.

Peter Hendra, Looming drug shortage concerns hospital officials. Kingston Whig Standard, 10 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Physicians group [CMA] calls for painkillers strategy, Ottawa Citizen, 10 March 2012

Kim Mackrael, Cary Mills, Anna Mehler Paperny, Hospitals scramble with backup plans. Globe and Mail, 9 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Experts warn drug shortage could last a year, Post Media News, 9 March 2012

Luke Hendry, QHC’s drug woes, Belleville Intelligencer, 8 March 2012.

Pauline Tam, Drug supply not yet an issue for hospitals, Ottawa Citizen, 7 March 2012

Pauline Tam, Looming drug shortage puts Eastern Ontario surgeries in jeopardy, Ottawa Citizen, 6 March 2012

Marlene Habib, Sandoz drug shortage prompts Ottawa’s fast track efforts, CBC News, 6 March 2012.

CBC News, “Alberta Doctors Grapple With Drug Shortage,” CBC News, 5 March 2012

Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press, “Drug Shortages Becoming More Common,”  Huffington Post, 21 February 2012.

Michael Law et al, The effect of cost on adherence to prescription medications in Canada, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 21 February 2012.

William Marsden, “Pharmacists warn of drug shortage [closure of Sandoz’s Boucherville plant]” The Gazette, 20 February 2012

Erin Anderssen and Sean Silcoff, “Generic drug supply in doubt [Sandoz suspends some injectables],” Globe and Mail, 20 February 2012

Sean Silcoff, “Sandoz production slows to crawl after harsh criticism from U.S. regulators,” Globe and Mail, 19 February 2012

Sean Silcoff, Big drug firms seek longer Canadian patent protection, Globe and Mail, 15 February 2012.

Jeffrey Simpson, “Worst of both world’s: High prices, low R & D” Globe and Mail, 3 February 2012

VoicePrint’s Contact. The complex mystery behind the generic prescription drug shortage in Canada, radio interview with webmaster J. Duffin and industry representatives, 22 January 2012 (click on date to hear episode).

Sean Silcoff and Bertrand Marotte, Pharma slashes jobs in Quebec, Globe and Mail, 12 January 2012.

André Picard, Many struggle to pay, Globe and Mail, 16 January 2012. See also CTV News.

Elliot Ferguson, Shortage of [ADHD] drugs, Kingston Whig Standard, 5 January 2012.

Dan Leger, Harper’s Canada: A new era for the true believers, Chronicle Herald, 19 December 2011.

Kathie Lynas, Pharmacy owners in Newfoundland and Labrador going to court to challenge right of professional body to negotiate compensation deal, Canadian Pharmacists Journal, November-December 2011.

Amy Dempsey, Systemic problem?, Toronto Star, 12 November 2011

Carly Weeks, Profit motivated?, Globe and Mail, 6 November 2011

Jason Fekete, Agreement with Europe could boost drug costs: lobbyists. Vancouver Sun, 28 October 2011.

Nick Taylor, Canadian … plan fails to tackle problem, In-Pharma, 19 October 2011

Avis Favaro, Elizabeth St. Peter, Epilepsy drugs, CTV News, 17 October 2011

Heather Scoffield, Pharma pitches action, Globe and Mail, 17 October 2011

Canadian Press, Drug shortages to be posted, CBC Ottawa, 17 October 2011

CBC News, Chemo shortage, 22 August 2011

Carly Weeks, Health Canada warns, Globe and Mail, 18 August 2011

Anon. Layoffs loom for drug maker [Biolyse], Niagara This Week, 2 August 2011.

CBC News, Cancer drug supply precarious, 13 May 2011

André Picard, Drug coverage, Globe and Mail, 6 April 2011

CMA survey, CMAJ, 8 March 2011

André Picard, Why high [drug] prices? Globe and Mail, 23 Feb. 2011

Carly Weeks, Antidepressants, Globe and Mail, 30 Jan 2011

André Picard, What’s causing shortage? Globe and Mail, 12 Jan 2011

Justine Hunter, BC anesthetics, Globe and Mail, 6 Jan 2011

9 Queen’s U oncologists, Letter sent to Federal and Provincial Ministers of Health, Kingston Whig Standard, 16 Dec 2010

Carly Weeks, Shortages hit pharmacies, Globe and Mail, 15 Dec 2010

Joel Lexchin, Ontario’s Big Pharma Drug War, Medical Reform Group Newsletter, Spring 2010.

Paul Waldie, Cross border medicine trade back in the spotlight, Globe and Mail, 27 Feb. 2009.

Paul Waldie, US drug sales leave Canada short, Globe and Mail, 13 Nov. 2003.

Eric Reguly, We’ll pay the price for Internet drug trade, Globe and Mail, 1 Nov 2003.


See also

Canadian Pharmacy News

The Canadian pharmaceutical industry posts information at R&D Canada. Its drug shortage database collects information