Pharmacy professionals should stay informed on medication, health product and medical device issues that may affect patient safety, including recalls, shortages, adverse reactions and other safety notices.
Information about current and upcoming drug shortages can be found at Drug Shortages Canada and in memos sent directly to pharmacies from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and drug manufacturers/suppliers.
Information on resources from Health Canada regarding recalls, adverse reactions and other safety notices is available on our Health Canada quick links page. Health Canada also provides a database for quick searches of recalls and safety alerts.
Other resources for pharmacy professionals related to drug shortages:
- Canadian Pharmacists Association - Drug Shortages: A Guide for Assessment and Patient Management
- ISMP Canada Safety Bulletin - Drug Shortages and Medication Safety Concerns
- Government of Ontario's Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation During the Drug Supply Shortage