Media Reports – Canada

Kristian Gravenor, JAMP Pharma to produce medicatins in newly acquired property near Quebec City, Costar, 20 March 2024.

Sakchi Kandelwal, Syphilis spike in Thunder Bay, BNN, 2 March 2024.

Penny Winsa, Are American states coming for Canadian drugs, Toronto Star, 24 February 2024. See also here

Morgan Sevareid-Bockneck, Company lying about ozempic shortage, Toronto Star, 23 February 2024.

Shawn Bugden, Canada doesn’t have the drugs to fulfill Florida’s important plan, Chronicle online, 17 February 2024.

Sara Jabakhanji, Ontario limiting access to Ozempic to conserve supply for those with diabetes, CBC, 31 January 2023.

Reuters, Rise in reports of fake weight-loss drugs linked to shortage of real thing, WHO says. Reuters, 30 January 2024.

Samantha Edwards, Canada has an Ozempic shortage, Globe and Mail, 21 January 2024.

Editorial, FLorida deal for Canadian drugs would hurt us. Times Colonist, 18 January 2024. See also here

Joey Chini, Canada will protect drug supply, health minister says. CTV, 16 January 2024. See also here

Elizabeth Payne, while Florida eyes Canadian prescription drugs, experts say the bigger issue is existing drug shortages Ottawa Citizen, 10 January 2024 (your webmaster is quoted).

Carolyn Brown, US states want to buy cheap drugs from Canada–and the FDA says yes after three year delay, BMJ, 9 January 2024. See also here, here, here

Kanisha Singh, Canada says bulk importation not a solution to high drug prices in the US, CTV News, 8 January 2024. See also here, here, here

Laura Osman, Allowing Canadian drugs to be imported by US sparks shortage fears, CTV News, 5 January 2024. See also here, here, here, here

Anon., Health Canada advises against most new prescriptions of Ozempic, CBC News, 7 December 2023. See also here

Megan De Laire, Why does Canada have such a problem with drug shortages? CTV News, 30 November 2023. See also here here

Ted Raymond, Ottawa man wants government to limit off-label prescriptions [ozempic etc], CTV, 26 November 2023. See also here and here

Alanna Smith, Fewer than 5000 bottles of Turkish children’s mediciation purchased by Alberta made it ot pharmacies, GLobe and Mail, 22 November 2023. See also here

Eric Hoskins, Will 2023 be the year Canadians finally get pharmacare?  Globe and Mail, 16 October 2023.

Obesity Canada, Supply and Shortage of Ozempic, August 18, 2023. See also here, here, en français ici.

Adam Houston et al. Time for Canada to align with global innovations in treatment for tuberculosis, CMAJ, 31 July 2023.

Sissi de Flaviis, Drug used for heart tests in short supply in Canada, CTV News, 17 July 2023.

Michael Walter, I have no dose [dipyridamole] for anyone. Drug shortage hits cardiologists in Canada, Cardiovascular Business, 10 July 2023. See also here, here, here

Katie Dangerfield, Pfizer warns of looming penicillin shortage i nthe US. What about Canada? Global, 16 June 2023. See also here

Jacalyn Duffin, What’s up with the nitroglycerin shortage? My blog.

Liz Freeman, Toronto firm [Apotex] will import cancer drug [cisplatin] from China for uS shortage, News Press, 7 June 2023. See also here

Sonia Aslam, Canada faces cancer drug shortage, City News Vancouver, 6 June 2023.

Jonathan Zipursky et al., Drug shortages will happen, but we can avoid shortchanging kids when they do, Globe and Mail, 2 June 2023.

Liam Casey, Pediatric drug shortage led to dosing errors in Ontario children, Global, 31 May 2023. See also here

Kevin Yarr, Nitroglycerin medication shortage, CBC, 17 May 2023.

Natasha ONeill, Canada is experiencing a ketamine shortage, CTV News, 14 May 2023. See also here, here

Jennifer Lee, Heart patients face another medication shortage [nitroglycerine tablets], CBC, 11 May 2023. See also here, here

Canadian Pharmacists Association, What  you need to know about the nitroglycerin spray shortage, 1 May 2023.

Les Layne, Dix takes steps to stop flow of diabetes drug to US, Times Colonist, 20 April 2023.

Anon., Apotex receives FDA’s drug shortage award [re varenicline], Investor Observer, 19 April 2023. See also here.

Op ed. The rush by Americans to buy a weight loss drug from Canadian pharmacies puts out drug supply at risk, Globe and Mail, 7 April 2023. See also  Minister’s statement. See also here, here

Megan Turcato, Okanagan pharmacy explains how it’s navigated methadone shortage, GLobal, 5 April 2023.

Raphaelle Derome, Pénurie de médicaments. Que se passe-t-il? Quebec Science, mars 2003 (your webmaster is cited).

Sandoz, Shortage of Nitroglycerin spray, 24 March 2023.

Anon., Shortage of nitroglycerin spray: A heart medication in Canada is expected to extend to the Americas and Europe due to raw materials crisis. Thailand Medical News, 22 March 2023.

Karen Dangerfield, Supply issues still plague kids’ pain medicine, antibiotics, GLobal NEws, 17 MArch 2022.

Carolyn Kury de Castillo, Pressure remains on Calgary compounding pharmacies to produce children’s medicines, GLobal, 17 March 2023.

Health Canada, Public Advisory – shortage of Nitroglycerin spray], CISION, 17 March 2023.

Sarah Krymalowski, NWT pharmacists flag ongoing shortage of cough medicine, CBC News, 15 March 2023.

Valerie Borde, Médicaments – pourquoi autant de ruptures de stock, L’actualité, 1 March 2023. Your webmaster is cited.

Shyam Bishen et al, Why are there medicine shortages and what is the solution, World Economic Forum, 20 February 2023.

Marina von Stackleberg, Doctors brace for a nationwide shortage of abortion pills, CBC, 16 February 2023.

Tom Yun, Genexa to send kids’ pain, fever meds to Canada, CTV, 16 February 2023.

Joel Lexchin, Drug promotion in Canada still lacks meaningful regulation, Policy Options, 10 February 2023.

Jennifer Lee, Antibiotic shortage still a worry, CBC, 8 February 2023.

Milana Madzaric, Compounding pharmacies experience higher demand, U Waterloo News, 30 January 2023.

Jennifer Lee, Chemotherapy shortage sparks small number of Alberta treatment delays, CBC, 20 January 2023

Canada. Drug shortages in Canada: INformation for consumers,, 20 January 2023.

Krista Sharp, Some glaucoma patients suffering from pharmaceutical shortage, CTV, 20 January 2023.

Anon, Chinese Canadians snatch up medicines to send to China, Epoch TImes, 15 January 2023. See also here

Melissa Lopez-Martinez, Covid medicine shortage: demand blamed, CTV News, 10 January 2023

Joel Lexchin, How the pharmaceutical industry uses disinformation to undermin drug price reform, The Conversation, 9 January 2023. See also here

Ben Hargreaves, Juno imports antibiotic to Canada, Outsourcing, 9 January 2023.

Nicole Ireland, Cold and flu medication shortage across Canada is a ‘wake-up call.’ The Star, 7 January 2023.  See also here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Shauna Hunt et al.  Adult cold and flu drugs hard to find, City News Toronto, 4 January 2022. See also here, here

Anon., Juno Pharmaceuticals receives approval from Health Canada to import amoxicillin amidst nation-wide shortage, Business Wire, 4 January 2023.

Anon., Canadian Pharmacists Association says 2023 is set to be an important year due to drug shortages, Canadian Manufacturing, 2 January 2023.

Amy Smart, Big year for pharmacists with new prescriptive powers, Globe and Mail, 2 January 2023. See also here, here, here

Karen Mulcahy, Edmonton pharmacists complain of medication shortage, CTV, 30 December 2022.

Kostas Selviaridis et al. Antibiotics shortages: what’s causing them and how countries can minimize the impact, Conversation, 16 December 2022.

Nick Taylor-Vaisey, PMPRB Watch — [decision on price reductions delayed; pharma has been lobbying], Ottawa Playbook, Politico, 20 December 2022. Scroll down! Info here

Anon., Comment le Canada fait-il face aux perturbations de la chaîne d’approvisionment Radio Canada, 15 December 2022.

David Prisciak, Medical isotope shortage [due to plant in Belgium] had ‘minimal’ effects on Sask patients, CTV News, 11 December 2022.

Anon., Sudbury health officials urge prevention as drug shortage persists. Yahoo News, 10 December 2022. See also here

Aya Al-Hakim, Canadian Pediatric Society outlines steps to conserve ‘vital supply’ amid drug shortages, Global News, 3 December 2022. See also here

Stephanie Levitz, More children’s pain medication now arriving in Canada, Toronto Star, 25 November 2022. See also here

Jacalyn Duffin, [webmaser] Kids’ pain and fever meds, [my blog post. I got tired of answering the same questions over and over], 20 November 2022.

Anon., Quebec parents struggle to get children’s antibiotics amid nationwide shortage, CBC, 20 November 2022. here, herehere. Also Alberta and see also 7 Nov below

Oliva Newton, More than 1M bottles of meds to arrive, CTV, 18 November 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Aya Al-Hakim, Are expired medications safe to use, GLobal News, 18 November 2022.

Rich Garton, United States border city sees children’s medicine shortage, CTV, 17 November 2022. See also here, here

Stephanie Levitz, Health Canada reveals causes of kids’ Tylenol and drug shortages, Toronto Star, 15 November 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here, here,

CP, Health Canada importing more kids’ pain and fever meds to restock store shelves, iHeart Radio, 14 November 2022. See also here , here,  here

Anon., Human error les to mislabelled children’s acetaminophen sold in BC, CBC News, 12 November 2022.

CP, Emergency supply of kids’ meds is coming amid national shortage, CBC, 11 November 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here

 Sharon Kirkey, Children’s Tylenol and Advil part of Canada’s drug supply ‘mess,’ National Post, 9 November 2022. Your webmaster is cited. See also here, here, here, here, here

Alexandra Mae Jones, Tylenol shortage contributing to kids’ hospital crush, CTV News, 7 November 2022.

Trevor Dunn, Shortage of first-line antibiotic hits as surge in children’s respiratory illnesses strains supply, CBC News, 7 November 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Natasha O’Neill, Medication shortage. People stocking up as demand rises, CTV News, 19 October 2022.

Mark Giunta, Children’s pain medication to continue to be ‘intermittently available,’ Health Canada. Global News, 7 October 2022. See also here, here

Helen Hernandez, Medicines for children, OI Canadian, 6 October 2022. [increased production]

Rachel Aiello, Tylenol shortage: Conservatives call for federal action, CTV NEws, 5 October 2022.  [don’t they know it is a global shortage?] see also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Amina Zafar, Drug company ordered [by PMPRB] to cut price of life-saving medication [Procysbi] after 3000% jump, CBC News, 29 September 2022.

Megan Turcato, Very scary. Okanagan parent speaks out about children’s painkiller shortage, Global News, 22 September 2022. See also here, hereherehere, here

Patent Medicines Prices Review Board. Canada. Drug shortage in Canada and their impact on Public Drug Plans, September 2022. See also here

Brett McKay, B2B plstform KemNet helps the medicine go down [compounding startup], KemNet, Taproot Edmonton, 7 September 2022.

AP, Florida sues FDA over delay of low-cost drug importants [from Canada], News Nation, 31 August 2022.

Anon. Health Matters: Managing Canada’s drug supply — Joel Lexchin interview, Global News, 25 August 2022.

Hamdi Issawi, Edmonton tech startup helps tackle shortage of kids’ pain medication, Edmonton Journal, 25 August 2002. See also here, here

SK Lee, SK Mahl, BH Rowe and Joel LExchin, Pharmaceutical security for Canada, CMAJ, 22 August 2022. See also here, here here

Solarina Ho, Tylenol shortage hits generic chewables, CTV News, 17 August 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Ben Cohen, What the shortage of children’s Tylenol says about this wave of COVID-19, Guelph Mercury, 6 August 2022. See also here

Pat Anson, Epidural shortage impacting pain management worldwide, Pain News Network, 1 August 2022. See also here, here

Sean Leathong et al., Epidural supply shortage in four provinces, CTV News, 26 July 2022.

Anon., Hospitals struggline with a shortage of epidural supplies, WAALI, 23 July 2022.

Jeremie Charron, Cold and flu medicine shortage leaves Ottawa pharmacy shelves bare, CTV News, 22 July 2022.

Aaron Mahoney, UW [Anne Snowdon] professor to lead $2.5M study on shealthcare supply chains [funding by SSHRC], iHeartradio, 21 July 2022.

Brett Glover, Children’s Tylenol shortage stressing out some Barrie parents,, 19 July 202.

Tammy Sewell, Shortage of a drug for attention deficiti disorder, OI Canadian, 15 July 2022. See also here

Adam Chan, Vancouver Island pharmacies face drug shortages, CTV News, 13 July 2022.

Andrew Graham, London ON pharmacies grappling with cold and cough medication shortage, Global News, 13 July 2022.

MIchael Lee, COld medicaltion in short supply in Canada: pharmacists, CTV NEws, 12 July 2022.

Meghan Cobb, I’m hoping it’s temporary – no end in sight for medication shortages, CHAT News Today, 4 July 2022.

Brian Lau et al.,  COVID-19 and the prevalence of drug shortages in Canada: a cross-sectional time-series analysis from April 2017 to April 2022, CMAJ, 13 June 2022. See also here

Andrew Hawthorn, Pain relief drug shortages caused by COVID-19 disruptions still frustrating phamacies, patients, CBC News, 10 June 2022.

William Sawchuk, Celebrate hematologist [your trusty webmaster] says companies like BIolyse are more important than ever, The Standard, St Catherines, 1 June 2022.

Zachary Brennan, FDA spells out the rules and restrictions for states seeking to import drugs from Canada, Endpoints News, 25 May 2022.

Jon Reigel, Obtaining an abortion drug can be difficult in Canada. Demand from US can make it difficult nationwide, Eminetra, 6 May 2022.

Bill Sawchuk, An ongoing dispute with a large contract provider that serves more than 1300 Canadian health care facilities is taking a heavy toll on St Catharines-based Biolyse Pharma, St Catharines Standard, 11 April 2022. [your webmaster is cited]. See also here

Anon., Some drugs in short supply as people learn to live with COVID-19, Pharmacist [NL], VOCM, 22 March 2022.

Jonathan Houle, Medication shortage for farm animals, Sherbrooke Record, 10 Feburary 2022.

Muhammed Kayan, Canada must address the global antiviral shortage, Global News, 1 February 2022.

Jeremy Carver and Michel Chrétian, Address the global shortage of anti-virals, Toronto Star, 31 January 2022. Also here

Megan Ogilvie, Ontario hospitals face shortages of critical drugs to treat COVID patients, the IFP, 17 January 2022.

Erik Bay, Southern Alberta pharmacies experiencing medication shortages, Global News, 13 January 2022.

David Goodman of Pharmascience, Ensuring a reliable supply of essential drugs means shopping locally Globe and Mail, 14 December 2021.

Anon., The Sherbrooke Pharmacology Instute of the Université de Sherbrooke leads a $27 million project to discover more drugs, CISION, 13 December 2021.

Paulick Report News, Canada may face veterinary drug shortage in 2022, Horse Racing News, 12 December 2021.

Krishna Rau, Yes, there is a testosterone shortage in Canada and the US, Xtra, 17 November 2021.

Bob Weber, Scientists hope to link lab bench with pharmacy shelves through Edmonton drug plant, CBC News, 1 November 2021.

Katie May, Health Agency fights dewormer drug claims [ivermectin], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 2021.

Teresa A. Reguly et al., Regulation amendment addressing drug and medical device shortages in Canada, Mondaq, 21 September 2021.

Anon., Critical bladder cancer drug [BCG] now fully available after years of shortages, CISION, 9 September 2021.

Simon Little et al., People seeking horse dewormer [ivermectin] as COVID-19 ‘cure’ creates shortage, says BC livestock supplier, Global News, 2 September 2021.

Canada. Regulations amending certain regulations concerning drugs and medical devices, Canada Gazette, Part 2, Vol 155 Number 18, 12 August 2021. See also here

Fraiser Kansteiner, Sanofi, eyeing impurity concerns, pulls hypertension meds in Korea and the UK, Fierce Pharma, 10 August 2021.

Morgan Modjeski et al. Winnipeg facing Naloxone shortage, Winnipeg City News, 9 August 2021.

Åke Blomquvist and Paul Grootendorst, Selling Drugs to the US, Letter to Minister Patty Hajdu, 22 July 2021.

Alexandra Mae Jones, Health Canada warns of shortage in euthanasia products for animals, KCTV 5, 21 June 2021. See also CBC, CTV

John Fulton, A time for Canada to show leadership in global effort to vaccinate developing countries, [Letter to Minister Champagne], Bio Niagara, 11 June 2021.

Elizabeth Wright, Canadian drug importation [into USA] continues to face obstacles, Citizens Against Government Waste, 2 June 2021.  [a bizarre right-wing screed–these citizens are also against “socialism”]

Health Canada, Multiple lots of irbesartan, losartan and valsartan drugs recalled due to azido impurity, 30 May 2021. See also here

Francesca Bruce, Canadian firm [Biolyse] scathing on obstacles to compulsory licensing, Pink Sheet, 27 May 2021.

Ari van Assche, Shortages in essential goods. Are Global Value Chains part of the problem, or the solution? School of Public Policy PUblications, U Calgary, May 2021.

Amol Verma et al., Managing drug shortages during a pandemic: Tocilzumab and COVID-19, CMAJ, 25 May 2021,

Jennifer Lee, Alberta faces shortage of COVID-19 drug as global demand spikes, CBC, 11 May 2021.

Geoffrey York, Canadian company [Biolyse] wins COVID-19 vaccine deal with Bolivia, Globe and Mail, 11 May 2021. See also here

Amol Verma et al Better response to drug shortages could be an important legacy of COVID-19, The Star, 5 May 2021.

Menaka Pai et al., Canada is running out of COVID-19 treatments [esp. tocilizumab], Globe and Mail, 26 April 2021. See also here, here

Elise von Scheel, Drug [propofol] shortage could create problems ramping up surgeries post-pandemic, experts say, CBC News 21 April 2021.

Health Canada, The Critical Drug Reserve during COVID-19,, 13 April 2021. [twelve drugs only!] See also here, here

Gabriel Deveaux, The ‘free market’ has failed Canada on pharmaceutical development. The Hamilton Spectator, 9 April 2021.

Jacalyn Duffin, Ivermectin and COVID-19, Blog post, 8 April 2021.

Holly McKenzie-Sutter, Ontario Science Table recommends limiting use of COVID drug due to supply shortage, CP24, 8 April 2021.

Canadian Press, Ontario science table recommends limiting use of COVID drug [tocilizumab] due to supply shortage. Alaska Highway News, 8 April 2021. See also here

Kelly Grant, Hospitals running out of key drug for COVID-19 patients, Globe and Mail, 8 April 2021.

Allie Ruckman, Local pharmacist [Alberta] frustrated due to vaccine shortage, Strathmore Now, 30 March 2021.

Mari Serebrov, Canada extends pandemic-related import program, BIoWorld, 22 March 2021.

Ariel Delouya, Importing Canadian drugs not the solution, Bismark Tribune, 19 March 2021. See also 5 March below.

Marissa Lentz, Area vets experiencing shortage of medicine and medical supplies for animals, Peterborough Examiner, 18 March 2021.

Linda Dumas, Behind the counter view: COVID-19, Women of influence, 9 March 2021.

Ariel Delouya, Canada not the solution to costly prescription drugs, Duluth News Tribune, 5 March 2021.

Rob Gillies, Canada vaccine panel recommends 4 months between COVID doses, Star Tribune, 3 March 2020. See also here here  and here.

Press release, Bladder cancer drug [BCG] shortage resolved with Health Canada approval, Verity Pharmaceuticals, Cision, 24 February 2021.

Jacalyn Duffin and Jon Pipitone, What’s up (and down) with drug shortages? The HIll Times, 8 February 2021.

Haley Ritchie, Moderna shortage sees Yukon getting fewer vaccine doses than expected, Yukon News, 3 February 2021.

Emily Mertz, Shortage of last resort antidepressant creating ‘scary situation’ for patients: phamacists, Global News, 2 February 2021.

Phil Galewitz, States move ahead with Canada drug importation while awaitig signal from Biden, Kaiser Health News, 29 January 2021.

Natasha Kumar, COVID-19 dreaded colchicine shortage, TImes Hub, 24 January 2021.

Lucas Casaletto, People are dying: Ford, TOry reach out to Pfizer amid concerning vaccine shortage, Toronto City News, 21 January 2021

OMA, Ontario’s doctors warn of looming drug shortage due to COVID, Cision News Wire, 19 January 2021. See also here, here, and here.

OMA, A remedy for Canada’s Drug Shortage,White Paper,  Januray 2021

Lianna Matt McLernan, Nations facing drug shortages use registries, other steps CIDRAP, 8 January 2021.

Sabine Vogler et al., How to address medicines shortages: Findings from a cross-sectional study of 24 countries, Health Policy 124.12 (December 2020): 1287-96. “The measures appear to be rather reactive with a focus on managing existing or upcoming shortages and not addressing the causes of shortages.” No kidding!

Ali Elbeddini et al., Pharmacy response to COVID-19 lessons learnt from Canada, J of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 10 December 2020. See also here

James McCarten, of Canadian Press, Trump signs order to put Americans at head of vaccine line, vows to work with world, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 2020.  See also here [your webmaster is cited] and here

Canadian Press, Trump admin quiet after Canada thwarts plan to import cheaper drugs, HuffPost, 1 December 2020.

Rachel TIllman, Canada limits drug exports in response to Trump import plan, Spectrum, 30 November 2020. See also here, herehere here here  here here here here here and here here here and here

Matthew Schwartz, Canada blocks export of medications in short supply in response to Trump plan, NPR, 29 November 2020.

Health Canada. Interim Order: respecting drug shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply),, 27 November 2020.

Aaron Wherry, Who goes first? Anxiety over vaccine timing puts Trudeau government on the spot, CBC News 26 NOvember 2020. For our response to this report click here

Terrence Corcoran, BIg Pharma might save the world, Financial Post, 27 November 2020. [claims PMPRB killed pharma industry and generic prices too low. For a comment on that see our Causes page]

Brooklyn Neustaeder, Canadians warn of self-harm risk with shortage of antidepressant drug, CTV News, 23 November 2020.

Caden Fanshaw, Northern Health confident in flu shot supply, CKPG, 18 November 2020.

Canadian Press, Rexall pharmacies temporarily pause flu shot program due to shortages, CBC, 2 November 2020.

Smart and Biggar, Health Canada issues interim order respecting drug shortages related COVID-19, JD Supra, 30 October 2020.

CIndy Sherwin, The distribution machine behind Quebec’s COVID-19 drug stockpiles and pharmacy fly vaccines [McKesson], CTV News, 30 October 2020.

Saad Ahmed, Secure Canada’s critical drug supply with domestic manufacturing, Policy Options, 29 October 2020.

Sarah Pennington et al., New Interim Order to address COVID-19 related fdrug shortages in Canada, Pharma in Brief, 25 October 2020. See also here

Dimitris Polygenis Canadians rely on too few companies to make their drugs, Toronto Star, 25 October 2020. See also here

Mina Tadrous, More drug shortages are inevitable unless we act now, Globe and Mail, 19 October 2020.

Health Canada, Interim order on preventing and alleviating drug shortages in relation to COVID-19, 19 October 2020.

Maria Sarrouh, Ontarians stockpiled prescription medications at beginning of pandemic, Medical Xpress, 16 October 2020.

Tomasia da Silva, Alberta snowbirds run into unexpected turbulence when filling prescriptions, Global, 15 October 2020.

Kate Goodwin, Merck plans new facility [in N Carolina] to triple production of life-saving bladder cancer drug [BCG], BIospace, 15 October 2020. [Shortage attributed to shutdown at Toronto Sanofi plant in 2016-17]

Aastha Shetty, Doctors prioritizing high-risk parients amid temporary flu shot shortage, Kitchener Today, 15 October 2020.

Raneem Alozzi, Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Toronto are running out of flu shots, blogTO, 13 October 2020.

Kerissa Wilson, Toronto pharmacies cope with high demand for flu shots amid second wave of COVID-19, CP 24, 10 October 2020.

Janet Silver, Drug plan touted by Trump in presidential debate hangs on Canadian insulin, iPolitics, 30 September 2020.

Jacalyn Duffin, An activist history of drug shortages and its silos, Lancet, 12 September 2020.

Press Release, McMaster U, There’s a shortage of info on drugs for children in Canada, EurekAlert, 1 September 2020. Samira Samiee-Zafarghandy et al. in CMAJ. See also here

Press release, UBC. One quarter of prescription drugs in Canada may be in short supply, Medical Express, 1 September 2020. Wei Zhang et al in CMAJ Open See also here here, and here

Press release, Proctofoam back in Canadian pharmacies, Cision, 31 August 2020.

Li Baodong, Drug shortage in Canada exacerbates due to COVID-19 pandemic, The Star, 13 August 2020. See also CTV here here and here

Critical Drugs Coalition, Open Letter re drug shortages, 13 August 2020. See also here

Press release, Researchers [London ON] to study inhaled sedatives as solutiono to COVID-19 drug shortages, EurekAlert AAAS, 6 August 2020. See also here and here

Etienne Gaudette (PMPRB) COVID-19’s limited impact on drug shortages in Canada, Canadian Public Policy, 29 August 2020.

Connor Gerbrandt, Shortage of illegal drugs in Steinbach mostly a good thing, Steinbach News, 5 August 2020.

Les Whittington, Canada handed its bad guy role in Trump’s America First election hype, The Hill Times, 29 July 2020.

Anon., Vancouver artist says thanks to Campbell River pharmacy, Campbell River Mirror, 29 July 2020.

Len Gillis, No supply issues at HSN … but concern 2nd wave could lead to drug shortages,, 22 July 2020. See also here

Ismaila Alfa, Drug possibly laced with fentanyl causing overdoes in Kenora Ont, CBC News, 21 July 2020.

Abudl-Ghani Basith, Pandemic creating potential for drug shortages that Canada isn’t equipped ot deal with, CBC News, 21 July 2020.

Greg Basky, Temporary fixes to drug shortages leave Canada vulnerable, Medical Express, 20 July 2020.

Patent Medicines Prices Review Board, Drug Shortages in Canada, 16 July 2020. cites our 2018 report on measuring shortages, slides 14 and 24.

Breanne Massey, COVID-19 impacts drug trafficking supply chain, COlumbia Valley Pioneer, 10 July 2020.

Maleeha Sheikh, Pharmacists raise drug shortage concerns, TOronto City News, 26 June 2020.

Jennifer Lee, Calgary Doctor hopeful as Health Canada works to address serious drug shortage, CBC News, 20 June 2020.

Gabrielle Plonka, Pandemic has elevated Yukoners anxiety levels, Whitehorse Star, 17 June 2020.

Jennifer Lee, Alberta doctor fears for pregnant patients as supplies of key thyroid medication dwindle [Propylthiouracil], CBC News, 12 June 2020. See also here

Taylor Braat, Medication subscription supply to be extended beginning June 15, City News [Alberta], 10 June 2020. See also here here here and here

Amir Bagit et al., Drug shortages: the next crisis in the pandemic, Healthy Debate, 5 June 2020.

Brad Perry, Health Canada says don’t stockpile medication, Country 94, 2 June 2020.

Health Canada, Advisory–health Canada advises Canadians to help support the continued supply of medications, Newswire, 1 June 2020.

Marco Vigiloti, Canada’s patented drug regulator delaying implementation of new pricing guidelines, iPolitics, 1 June 2020. [opposition from rare disease/drug lobby]

Anon., Ontario reports 326 cases as province plans to end 30-day limit on prescriptions, CBC, 31 May 2020. See also here here and here

Brooklyn Neustaeter, Inhalers, blood pressure meds top list of drug shortages reported by Canadian pharmacists, CTV News, 27 May 2020.

Canadian Pharmacists Association, National survey of community pharmacists [first week of May 2020], Results released 27 May 2020.

Critical Drugs Coalition Canada, announces new website and social media, 23 May 2020.

Alice Tseng, COVID-19 developments: federal government issues request for information for alternative suppliers for certain pharmaceuticals, JD Supra, 18 May 2020.

Malone Mullin, NL eyeing safe drug sites as pandemic spans lethal combination of risks, CBC, 15 May 2020.

Katie May, Drug shortages push federal government to seek new suppliers, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 2020.

Lorian Hardcastle et al., How coronavirus is contributing to drug shortages in Canada, The Conversation, 13 May 2020. See also here

Cristopher Nardi, After Donald Trump praised anti-malaria drug as possible COVID-19 treatment its sales in Canada soared, National Post, 12 May 2020. See also here, but not in Kamloops

Michael Brown, U of A pharmaceutical institute leads effort to fill looming hospital drug shortage [of propofol and cisatracurium], Folio, 11 May 2020.

Solarina Ho et al., COVID-19 exposes drug supply gaps as made in Canada solution proposed, CTV News, 10 May 2020.

Anon., Manitoba removes prescription limits set in March due to COVID-19, CBC News, 8 May 2020. See also here and here.

Peggy Lam, Seniors urge province to lift the 30-day supply limit on prescription drugs, CBC News, 8 May 2020.

Rachel Sachs et al., Importing prescription drugs from Canada– legal and practical problems with the Trump administration’s proposal, New England J Med., 7 May 2020.

Canadian Press, Pharmacists receiving short shipments as drug shortage continues, CTV, 6 May 2020. See also here and here

Mia Urquhart, Drug supply chain could still be interrupted because of COVID-19, CBC News, 5 May 2020. [focus on New Brunswick]

Sam Lanctin [registrar], Drug shortages in New Brunswick are real and we must all do our part to precent shortages, New Brunswick College of Pharmacists, 30 April 2020. Statement on government policy.

Ben Burnet, NB pharmacists disappointed by decision to remove 30-day prescription limit, Huddle, 27 April 2020.

Jacalyn Duffin and Jon Pipitone, Drug shortages in light of COVID-19. A Wake up call for drug security, The Hill Times, 27 April 2020.

Mia Urquhart, NB government eliminates 30-day cap on prescriptionrefills, CBC News, 23 April 2020.

Chen Li et al., From regulatory flexibility to reimbursement changes, now Canadian regulators and payers are managing the COVID-19 crisis, JD Supra, 23 April 2020.

John Gries et al., Health Canada issues interim order to address shortages of health products, Mondaq, 22 April 2020.

Marc Smith, How Sask pharmacists are handling your prescriptions amid COVID-19, CTV 21 April 2020.

Carly Weeks, Doctors brace for shortages of sedation drugs needed for surgeries, intubation, Globe and Mail, 21 April 2020.

Laura Eggertson, Canada can override patents to combat drug, equipment shortages during the pandemic, CMAJ, 20 April 2020

Allison Bench, Coronavirus: University of Albert based non-profit ramping up to production of ventilator drugs, Global, 19 April 2020.

Beatrice Britneff, Shortage of salbutamol inhalers reported in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic, Global News, 18 April 2020.

Canadian Pharmacists Association, Pharmacists see spikes in drug shortages during pandemic, News wire, 17 April 2020. See also here.

Naomi Powell, Ontario doctors rush to test alternative to COVID-19 ventilator drugs as supplies run low [Tier 3 shortages], Financial Post, 17 April 2020. See also here

Jon Piptone, Tracking COVID-19 effect on Canada’s drug shortages, Assessing Canada’s Drug Shortage Problem, April 2020 updated daily.

John Ivison the reality about food and drug shortages in Canada due to COVID-19, National Post, 14 April 2020.

Andrew Rankin, Pharmacies should waive added dispensing fees imposed during pandemic, Chronicle Herald, 12 April 2020.

Nathaniel Lipkus, Canada, reliant on foreign manufacturing may not be able to make its own COVID-19 vaccine, Globe and Mail, 11 April 2020.

Jenny Yuen, Panic buying: Ontario limits medications to 30-day supply to precent drug shortage, Toronto Sun, 6 April 2020. See also here.

Jen Zielinski et al, An extra $220 every 90 days: BC patients pay nore dispensing fees dur to prescription limitis, Coast Mountain News, 5 April 2020

Sarah Turnbull, 3M says Trump halting mask exports to Canada has ‘significant humanitarian implications,’ CTV News, 3 April 2020. See also here re Canada, Brazil, France and Germany.

Anon., Supply line disruptions could cause Canadian shortages, CTV News, 1 April 2020. See also here and here

Jacalyn Duffin [webmaster] interviewed by Wei Chan on CBC Ontario Morning, 30 March 2020. Also on 10 other local CBC station morning shows across Canada, Halifax to Whitehorse.

Joel Lexchin, Canada’s coronavirus aid package guards against drug shortages with compulsory licensing, 30 March 2020. See also here.

Naomi Powell, Coronavirus lockdowns strain critical supply chains in Canada, Financial Post, 28 March 2020.

Vik Adhopia, Coronavirus’s wakeup call for Canada’s prescription drug mystery, CBC News, 27 March 2020. [webmaster cited]

Anon., Health minister [Haggie] apologizes to pharmacists over drug shortage confusion in NL, CBC News, 26 March 2020.

Anon., Canada can ignore drug, device patents during outbreak under new law, Reuters, 26 March 2020.

Eric Taschner, North Bay pharmacist says patients are trying to stock up on medication, CTV News, 21 March 2020.

Anon., Establishing drive-through assessment centres, cirtual care offered, [avoid hoarding Newfoundland], VOCM, 21 March 2020.

Maham Abedi, Coronavirus: Canadians warned not to stockpile medicine beyond 30 day supply, Q107, Global, 19 March 2020. See also here.

IMC, Statement on Canada’s drug supply, press release, 18 March 2020.

Heide Pearson et al., Alberta pharmacists see high demand, but no shortage of prescriptions amid coronavirus shortage, Global News, 17 March 2020.

Drug Shortages Discussion Group, Drug shortages in light of COVID-19, Open letter to Peime Minister Trudeau, Members of his Cabinet and Provincial Health Ministers, 13 March 2020.

Comment from Government of Canada on proposed FDA rule re importation of drugs [it is opposed], Canadian Embassy Washington DC, 10 March 2020.

Leslie Young, COVID-19 hasn’t affected Canada’s drug supply yet but experts are watching [webmaster cited], Global News, 19 February 2020.

Philippe Mercure, Le COVID-19 pourrait déclencher des pénuries de médicaments, La Presse, 19 February 2020

Jackson Proskow, Coronavirus outbreak could bring medical supply, drug shortage, Global National, 19 February 2020.

Jon Pipitone, Revisiting Canadian Drug Shortages, blog, 5 February 2020. [An update on our 2018 report.]

Benjamin Duong, Canada faces Zantac alternatives shortage, MedTruth, 11 February 2020. See also Adam Miller’s report 17 January.

Jacalyn Duffin, One simple step toward finding a solution for drug shortages, The Hill Times, 3 February 2020.

Anon. Canada’s health market strategies against price run-up and drugs deficit, NetNewsLedger, 28 January 2020 [surprisingly, your webmaster is cited! Warning — lots of errors here]

Anon., Breast cancer drug shortage [tamoxifen] has been resolved says Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax Today, 17 January 2020. See also here.

Adam Miller, Canada faces shortage of heartburn drug Pepcid after Zantac recall, CBC News, 15 January 2020. See also here.

Adam Houston et al., Pharmaceutical policy fails the most vulnerable [drug-resistance, poverty and tb], Policy Options, 14 January 2015. See also here.

Charles Shaver, Opinion: It’s time to make Canadian health care sustainable, Niagara Falls Review, 12 January 2020.

Rosalie Wyonch et al., Op-Ed There are better, cheaper ways to get Canadians the medicines they need, Financial Post, 11 January 2020.

Meredith Macleod, What needs to change in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry, CTV News, 10 January 2020.

William Chalmers et al., Ontario implements regulatory changes to streamline drug formulary listing and reduce government payments to pharmacies, Pharma in Brief, 19 December 2019.

Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Acting Ambassador to Washington, Statement on US importation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, Connect2Canada, 19 December 2019.

Mahem Abedi, Canada vows to protect drug supplies after Trump proposes importing medication, Global News, 18 December 2018.

Tom Blackwell, Tamoxifen scarcity highlight the surprising, seldom-discussed reasons behind drug shortages, Financial Post, 6 December 2019. [webmaster cited] See also herehere, and here.

Elizabeth Payne, Can you be treated? There are currently 1966 drug shortages in Canada. Drug shortages will continue without innovative solutions, drug policy expert, Ottawa Sun, 4 December 2019. [webmaster is cited] See also here.

Anon., Breast cancer drug Tamoxifen back in stock at NS pharmacies, CBC News, 4 December 2019. See also here and here.

Anon., Cancer drug shortage may end sooner than expected, Daily Stock Dish, 2 December 2019.

Anon., Patients scramble as cancer drug [tamoxifen] shortage continues, Daily Stock Dish, 2 December 2019. See also here.

Jacalyn Duffin [webmaster], Why is tamoxifen in short supply? Blog post, 1 December 2019.

Vik Adhopia, Critical breast cancer medication shortage, CBC Radio news, 26 November 2019. See also here.[Webmaster interviewed]

Vik Adhopia Critical breast cancer medication shortage, CBC National News, 27 November 2019.[Webmaster interviewed]

Philippe Mercure, Médicaments vendus au Canada: le malaise chinois, La Presse, 23 November 2020. [estimates that from 70 to 80 % of drugs have some components from China]

Elizabeth Payne, Proposed Ontario drug regulation changes worry policy experts, Ottawa Citizen, 22 November 2019. [webmaster is cited].

Celine Zadorsky, Patients scramble as cancer drug shortage continues, CTV News, 22 November 2019.

Arthur C. Green, Health Canada update on the breast cancer drug shortage, My Yellowknife, 22 November 2019.

Helena Hanson, Health Canada is warning about a shortage of breast cancer drugs in Canada, Narcity, 21 November 2019. See also here.

Heidi Petracek, More than one cancer drug on shortage list: NS oncologist, CTV News, 21 November 2019.

Steven Webb, Maine’s proposal to bulk buy drugs from Canada not feasible pharmacists say, CBC News, 20 November 2019.

Jonathan Forani, Cancer drug [tamoxifen] shortage should end sooner than expected, CTV News, 18 November 2019.

Heidi Petracek, More than one cancer drug on shortage list: NS oncologist, CTV News, 18 November 2019.

Aly Thompson, Breast cancer survivor says Tamoxifen drug shortage is at ‘crisis point,’ CBC News, 15 November 2019. See also here and here and here and here.

Michelle Gerwing, Manitoba feeling the pinch for access to common breast cancer drug, CTV News, 14 November 2019.

Heidi Petracek, Close to 2000 meds on Health Canada’s list of drug shortages, CTV News, 13 November 2019.

Jackie Dunham, Tamoxifen shortages: patients urged to find alternatives during cancer drug supply gap, CTV News, 13 November 2019. See also here.

Heidi Petracek, Close to 2.000 medications on Health Canada’s list of drug shortages, CTV News, 13 November 2019.

Elizabeth Payne, Health Canada working to fix breast cancer drug shortage, Edmonton Sun, 13 November 2019.

William Chalmers et al., Ontario consults on changes to streamline drug formulary testing and reduce government payments to pharmacies, Pharma in Brief, 10 November 2019. See also here and here. [These are reports by law firms acting for the pharma industry]

Ontario. Ministry of Health. Reducing administrative burden to drug manufacturers, Ontario’s Regulatory Registry, proposed amendments Ontario Regulation 201/96; Regulation 935, 28 October 2019, posted 14 November 2019. See also here and here.

Michele Brunoro, A life-saving drug in short supply [tamoxifen], CTV News, 12 November 2019. See also here.

Elizabeth Payne, Two children miss cancer treatments because of drug shortages; more at risk, Ottawa Citizen, 8 November 2019.

Celine Zadorsky, Cancer patients shaken by shortage of life-saving drug [tamoxifen], CTV News, 8 November 2019.

Canadian Society of hospital pharmacists with a Coalition of various groups, Letter to PM Justin Trudeau re American plans to buy Canadian drugs, 6 November 2019.

Adam Miller, “Under Threat’: Why experts say US import of Canadian drugs could put supply at risk, CBC News, 26 October 2019. [webmaster cited]

Anon., Nationwide shortage of breast cancer drug [tamoxifen], VOCM, 24 October 2019. See also here, here.

Emma Davie, Pharmacists press federal parties to address persistent drug shortages, CBC News, 16  October 2019.

Christy Somos, Canada facing shortage of ‘critical’ drug oxytocin, CTV News, 4 October 2019.

Bud Robertson, Flu vaccine providers face shortage, Brandon Sun, 4 October 2019.

Jeremiah Rodriguez, Canada won’t offer flu vaccine nasal spray due to global shortage, CTV News, 1 October 2019.

Anon., Jagmeet Singh highlights NDPs pledge for universal drug coverage, Global News, 20 September 2019. See also here.

Jacalyn Duffin, Do practice guidelines cause drug shortages? The historical example of beta-blockers, CMAJ,  16 September 2019.

Jennifer Lee, Bladder cancer patients face ongoiong scarcity of life-saving drug, CBC News, 16 September 2019

Peter J. Pitts, Why Canada can’t be American’s pharmacy, Washington Times, 11 September 2019.

Les Whittington, With drug plan, Trump tosses another nasty, disingenuous grenade into US Canada relations, The Hill Times, 11 September 2019.

Marc Godbout, Pénurie de médicaments au Canada en quatre mois, si Trump arrive à ses fins, Radio Canada, 6 September 2019.

Charles S. Shaver, Prescription drug shortage threatens more than just snowbirds, The Record [from Hamilton Spectator], 4 September 2019. See also here and also here.

Jackie Dunham, High-blood-pressure drug shortage highlights wider problem in Canada, CTV News, 23 August 2019. [webmaster cited]

Amina Zafar, National shortage of blood pressure drug [Adalat] shows safeguards are needed, CBC News, 23 August 2019.

Charles Shaver, With drug shortages, Canadians don’t have enough pharmaceuticals to share with US, The Province,17 August 2019. [he refers to our report as “a researcher at CD Howe”].

Christy Somos, Three chemotherapy drugs facing shortages across Canada, CTV News, 16 August 2019. (see also 5 August below)

Anon., Make these change[s] to prevent drug shortages [editorial] Prince George Citizen, 16 August 2016. (n’importe quoi!)

Hannah Harris, A new drug war, World News Group, 15 August 2019.

Allison Martell, Canadian drug price regulator may be flexible on rare diseases, Reuters, 13 August 2019.

Lucie Edwardson, Protect Canada’s insulin supply from US buyers in search of bargains, advocates urge, CBC News, 13 August 2019.

Jordan Weissman, Canadians don’t want Americans stealing their prescription drugs, Slate, 12 August 2019. See also here and here and here.

Anon., Make these changes to help prevent drug shortages [editorial], Times Colonist, 11 August 2019.

Bruce Campion-Smith, Federal changes to drug prices win praise from patient advocates but spark industry warnings, The Star, 10 August 2019.

Anon., Ottawa promises to save billions with tweaks to patent drug system, CBC News, 9 August 2019.

Wayne Winegarden, Trump’s drug importation policy is folly, just ask Canadians, Forbes, 7 August 2019.  [Warning!! ill-informed! blames Canada’s price regulations for our on-going shortages — and ignores the fact that there are equal shortages in US despite its supposed “better access,” which the author claims is owing to its patents and high prices.

Kelly Grindrog, Trump drawing attention to Canadian drug shortage, The Star, 5 August 2019. See also here and here.

Terry Haig, Cancer professionals are worried about shortage of some important drugs, RCI, 5 August 2019. See also here, herehere, herehere, and here.

Anon., Risque de pénurie, Ottawa surveille les médicaments contre le cancer, La Presse, 6 August 2019.

Canadian Press, Trudeau vows to protect Canadian drug supply as US to allow imports of cheaper prescription medications, Ottawa Citizen, 1 August 2019. See also  here and here.

Anon., Acerus announces temporary shortage of NATESTO in Canada and South Korea, Yahoo Finance, 2 August 2019.

Kristy Kirkup, PM ledges access to medication as pharmacists, patient groups fear shortage, CBC News, 1 August 2019. See also here, here, here

Dave Thurton, Shortages feared as US looks to Canada for cheaper prescription drugs, CBC News, 31 July 2019. See also here, here, here and here.

Aaron Derfel, Montreal cancer doctors scramble amid shortage of 3 essential drugs [vionrelbine, leucovorin, etopiside], Montreal Gazette, 30 July 2019. See also here.

Ross McLaughlin, Drug shortages cause problems for Canadians, CTV, 29 July 2018.

Sanjay Maru, US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders joins insulin caravan to Windsor Ontario, CBC News, 28 July 2019.

Jacalyn Duffin, Drug shortages again! Politics and brownian movement, Jacalyn Duffin Blog, 27 July 2019.

Cillian O’Brien, Canadian pharmacists report drug shortages greatly increased in Canada over the past 3-5 years, CTV News, 26 July 2019.

CPhA, Drug shortages have greatly increased, Canadian Pharmacists Association, 26 July 2019. For the report see here.

Colin Perkel, American demand for cheaper meds theatens Canada’s drug supply,groups warn Ottawa, National Post, 26 July 2019. See also here.

Erin MacInnes, How to protect yourself from drug shortages, CBC News, 23 July 2019.

PR Newswire, Statement from Health Canada on the supply of EpiPen, Benzinga, 19 July 2019. See also here and here.

Jared Cohen, Opinion: Drug shortages are very real and Canadians are concerned, Hamilton Spectator, 19 July 2019.

Allison Martel, Exclusive: Canada warns US against drug import plans,citing shortage concerns, Reuters, 18 July 2019. See also here and here and here.

K. Houtby,  Drug shortage in Canada makes you wonder [questions relative distribution of funds for diabetics vs addicts], Calgary Sun, 14 July 2019.

Kelly Grant, Shortage of tuberculosis drug has physicians rationing pills and warning of serious public-health consequences, Globe and Mail, 12 July 2019.

Adam Houston et al.,Responsible use of rifampinin Canada is threatened by irresponsible shortages, CMAJ, 8 Jul 2019.

Colin Perkel, Americans head to Canada to buy cheap insulin; some worry about supply here, Coast Mountain News, 28 June 2019. See also here, here.

Tom Blackwell, Medicine shortages feared as Trump backs Florida, Colorado laws to import Canadian drugs in bulk. National Post, 20 June 2019.

Selena Simmons-Duffin, How Florida’s plan to import medicine from Canada could work, Health News, National Public Radio, 18 June 2019. See also here.

Laurie Fagan, Antidepressant shortages cause anxiety for patients with mental illnesses, CBC News, 14 June 2019

Mahem Abedi, Drug shortages in Canada.Why they happen and what you can do about it, Global News, 13 June 2019.

Anon., Shortage of Epanutin (phenytoin) 30mg/5mil oral suspension in UK [using Canadian substitute], Epilepsy Society, 7 June 2019.

Rosalie Wyonch et al., Filling the Gaps: a prescription for Universal Pharmacare, CD Howe Institute, 6 June 2019.

Jennifer Gerdts, Why Ottawa needs a national food allergy action plan [product of epipen shortage], Hill Times, 29 May 2019.

Anon., Etoposide supply interruption, Cancer Care Ontario, May 2019.  Been going on for at least six months. See here.

Ministry of Health, BC expands use of biosimilars to offer coverage for more treatment options, BC Gov News, 27 May 2019.

Fred Roeder et al, Liberals want to build their campaign around pharmacare, but ignore where drugs would end up [disappointing ill-informed scare mongering], Globe and Mail, 23 May 2019.

Kelly Grant, Canadian Blood Services warns of imminent shortage of take-home immune globulin, Globe and Mail, 17 May 2019.

Lisa Xu, Retired Queen’s professor [this site’s webmaster] inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Kingston Whig-Standard, 16 May 2019.

Charlie Neibergall, Many Saskatchewan pharmacies not stocking abortion drug [mifegymso], Regina Leader Post, 22 April 2019.

Jason Smith, Empowering consumers, patient sand pharmacists [entrepreneurial responses to changes in drug pricing], BNN Bloomberg, 9 April 2019.

Jesse McLean, Ontario should scrap its ban on pharma kickbacks to even the playing field, independent pharmacies say, The Star, 2 April 2019.

Kelly Grant, Ontario may lift ban preventing major pharmacies from selling private-label generic drugs, Globe and Mail, 21 March 2019.

Leslie Young, Blood-pressure drugs containing Losartan recalled due to potential carcinogen contamination, Global, 11 March 2019.

Jennifer Lee, Concerns mount as worldwide shortage of bladder cancer treatment [BCG] drags on, CBC, 8 March 2019.

Kelly Crowe, US PhRMA’s fight to prevent lower Canadian drug prices, CBC, 9 February 2019. See also longer version here.

Carolyn Ray, Drug, vaccine shortages likely to continue warns NS pharmacy association, CBC News, 1 February 2019.

Tre Lopuschinksy, Lloydminster pharmacy experiencing medication shortage, My Lloydminster Now, 31 January 2019.

Brian Goldman, The soaring cost of insulin [differences between Canada and US], CBC Radio, 28 January 2019.

Jane Sangster, Third Wellbutrin shortage declared within two months, Signal, 18 January 2019.

Becky Schultz, Hepatitis vaccine supplies dwindling, Discover Moose Jaw, 13 January 2019.

Robyn Miller, Hepatitis vaccine shortage leaves travellers scrambling, CBC News, 10 January 2019. See also here.

Ariana Kelland, Canada-wide drug shortages [bupropion] concern CBS pharmacist, CBC News [Newfoundland and Labrador], 17 December 2018.

Anon., “Unprecedented” drug shortages hitting Canadians, VOCM, 12 December 2018.

Anon., ‘Huge problem’: Canadians concerned about drug shortages, CTV News, 10 December 2018. [webmaster interviewed]

Nicole Ireland, ‘Unprecedented’ drug shortages affecting many Canadians, new survey suggestions. CBC News, 10 December 2018. [webmaster interviewed]

Canadian Pharmacists Association, Drug Shortages: A survey of 1500 Canadians, 10 December 2018. See also here

Ian Fairclough, Fentanyl’s spread likely linked to heroin shortage [and shortage of prescription painkillers] The Chronicle Herald, 6 December 2018.

Jodie Lunger, Canada’s chronic drug shortage, The Varsity, 2 December 2018.

Canadian Pharmacists Association, One in four Canadians touched by drug shortage in last three years [survey], November 2018. Report here.

Laine Mitchell, ‘This is a major problem:’ Drug shortages hitting pharmacies hard, CTV News, 24 November 2018.

Emily Mertz, Alberta drug shortage, Global News, 23 November 2018.

Anthony Janzen, Antidepressant shortage end in sight, Swift Current online, 24 November 2018.

Jesse Weisner, Local phamacies face shortage of anti-depressant, CHAT News, 20 November 2018.

Meaghan Craig, Antidepressant drug shortage could impact thousands in Saskatchewan, Global News, 20 November 2018. See also here,

Louise Dickson, Canada-wide antidepressant shortage sparks scramble, Times Colonist, 20 November 2018.

Anon., Prescription drug shortages alarm patients across Canada, CBC The National, 19 November 2018 [this site’s webmaster interviewed].

Bonnie Allen, Antidepressant shortage alarms Saskatchewan patients with mental illnesses, CBC News, 18 November 2018. See also here.

Sydney Ko, Panel talks effects of drug price hikes, The Journal, 16 November 2018.

Katie Lee, Interim order permits import of FDA-approved drug [Auvi-Q] to address Canadian shortage of Epipens, International Law Office, 14 November 2018.

Susan Bradley, Traveller’s vaccine Twinrix unavailable in Nova Scotia, CBC News, 5 November 2018.

Leslie Young, Hepatitis A, B and other travel vaccines facing shortages across Canada, Global News, 5 November 2018.

Kelly Crowe, Why are there so many shortages of common vaccines, CBC News, 3 November 2018.

Nadia Stewart, Worldwide drug shortage disrupting lives of Parkinson’s patients in BC, Global News, 31 October 2018.

Tom Blackwell, Competition watchdog alleges brand-name pharma firms are denying companies the medicines they need for tests, National Post, 11 October 2018.

Jiawen Wong, Epipen shortage leaves those with life-threatening allergies scrambling, McGill Tribune, 2 October 2018

Kelly Crowe, It’s not just the Epipen. Canada had 25 new drug shortages this week, CBC, 8 September 2018.

Terri Cole, Parents worry as kids head back to school amid Epipen shortage [more on Kaléo Auvi-Q], CBC News, 5 September 2018.

Health Canada, Health Minister announces access toa US approved epinephrine auto-injector [Kaléo, at], Health Canada, 29 August 2018.

Riley Friesen, Epipen shortage a concern to Winkler Pharmaceutical Specialist, Pembina Valley, 13 August 2018.

CBC, Recycling injectors could help solve the Epipen shortage, researcher [Duffin], CBC Radio;The Current, 8 August 2018.

André Picard, Epipen shortage is critical and not easy to fix, Globe and Mail, 2 August 2018. See here re Yellowknife

Leslie Young, Epipen shortage may drag into next year, Global News, 2 August 2018.

Terry Pedwell, Opposition parties demand Liberals fix ”dangerous’ Epipen shortage, Globe and Mail, 1 August 2018. See also here, here, and here.

Nicole Ireland, Amid Epipen shortage: a Canadian-based company has approval for an alternative, CBC News, 1 August 2018.

Mark Zaleski, Epipen shortage unacceptable, say NDP, Tories, St Catherines Standard, 1 August 2018.

Zachary Brennan, Canada preps for EpiPen shortage in August following manufacturing issues, RAPS, 31 July 2018. See also here.

Rachel Ward, Alberta pharmacists left scrambling to replace heart drugs amid shortages, CBC News, 11 July 2018. See also here, and here

Carly Weeks, Health Canada recalls blood pressure drug valsartan after carcinogenic ingredient detected, Globe and Mail, 10 July 2018.

Jacalyn Duffin and Brian White-Guay, The creeping problem of drug shortages, The Conversation, 27 June 2018.

Brittany Spencer, Island [PEI] pharmacists feeling the pressure of national drug shortage, CBC News, 14 June 2018.

Malone Mullin, From EpiPens to antibiotics, report finds Canada’s drug shortages could be getting worse, CBC News, 13 June 2018.

Jessy Donelle, Jacalyn Duffin, Jon Pipitone, and Brian White-GuayAssessing Canada’s Drug Shortage Problem, C. D. Howe Institute, Commentary no. 515, 5 June 2018. See also here.

Kelly Grant, Toronto doctor resigns from committee accuses pharmaceutical company of deliberately creating shortage of drug, Globe and Mail, 23 May 2018.

Health Canada, Final report of expert panel on immune globuin products supply and related impacts in Canada, 23 May 2018.

Jessica Caporuscio, Global shortage of old antibiotics limits treatment options, Medical News Bulletin, 4 May 2018.

Lana Michelin, Central Alberta pharmacists to protest fee reductions, service cuts, Red Deer Advocate, 17 April 2018.

Reuters, Canada says working with US FDA to address EpiPen shortage, Nasdaq, 17 April 2018. See also here and here.

Kelly Grant, Health Canada warns of EpiPen shortage across the country, Globe and Mail, 12 April 2018. See also here.

Steven G. Morgan and Nav PersaudNew generic pricing scheme maintains high prices and risks of shortages, CMAJ,

Charles Lefebvre, Pharmacists concerned about prescription drug shortages, CHAT News, 28 March 2018.

Jennifer Lee, Calgary pharmacists worry drug shortages on the rise, CBC News, 26 March 2018.

Pamela Cowan, Sask Residents turned to medSask during EpiPen shortage, Regina Leader Post, 13 March 2018.

Nina Corfu, After nightmare of pain, woman with MS questions why drug shortages [nabilone] aren’t prevented, Nova Scotia CBC News, 5 March 2018.

Owen Dyer, Canada makes deal to reduce generic drug prices, BMJ, 14 February 2018.

Dave Stewart, EpiPen shortage impacts PEI, The Guardian, 30 January 2018.

John Adams, Nigel Rawson, Good governance and decision-making on drug coverage, Policy Options, 22 January 2018.

Dan Stanton, Pfizer blames Canadian Epi-pen shortage on manufacturing complexities, in-Pharma, 22 January 2018.

Mariam Matti, Short term supply of Epipen in Canada: What you need to know, Allergic Living, 15 January 2018.

Joel Lexchin, Your prescription drugs are about to become less safe if Health Canada has its way, The Conversation, 9 January 2018. See also here at TVO.

Anne Caroline Desplanques, Pénurie d’un médicament [vinorelbine] pour lutter contre le cancer, Journal de Montréal, 5 January 2018. See also here.

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 November 2017.

Nigel Rawson and John Adams, Do reimbursement recommendations processes used government drug plans in Canada adhere to good governance principles? Dove Medical Press, 22 November 2017.

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.

Fifth Estate, The high cost of pharmaceuticals: Canada’s drug problem, CBC Podcast, 13 January 2017.

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

Paul Christopher Webster, Big Pharma vs Everyone. Canada’s drug costs are among te highest in the world, Report on Business [Globe and Mail], November 2016.

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. See also CMA.

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.

Anon., Company recalls nitroglycerin spray used to treat angina, CTV News, 15 October 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. See also here

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

Helen Branswell, Sanofi recalls tuberculosis vaccine over contamination concerns, The Star, 16 June 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