Be aware of drug shortages in Canada

Medical directors of non-hospital facilities are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure necessary medications such as dantrolene are available in the required quantity at all times.

In accordance with the Regulations on Mandatory Drug Shortage and Discontinuation Reporting, manufacturers and importers must post notification of all shortages and/or discontinuations, both current and anticipated. Notification must be posted no less than six months in advance of an anticipated shortage or discontinuation, if possible, or otherwise within five days of becoming aware of its real or anticipated occurrence. 
 
Visit the Drug Shortages Canada website for more information including how to set up an account to receive notification on shortages and discontinuations and how to search for current shortages and discontinuations.