Update: June 23, 2016
via Canadian Epilepsy Alliance Drug Shortage Committee
Clobazam is in short supply, but this drug is still available at some pharmacies. If inventories have become low or depleted at your pharmacy, ask your pharmacist to recheck the status of both generic clobazam and Frisium (brand name) with their suppliers.
Distributors have started receiving shipments this week of generic clobazam (Apo-clobazam, Apotex Inc.). The new stock will be spread across the country. There may restrictions on the amounts available to individual pharmacies until the supply situation stabilizes. A second replenishment of generic clobazam (Apo-clobazam, Apotex Inc.) is expected to arrive at pharmacies by early July.
It is expected that there will also be periodic shipments of the brand name product (Frisium, Lundbeck LLC) over the coming weeks as...
April 22, 2016
Currently, there is some availability of generic divalproex.
According to information posted by Teva Canada Limited on drugshortages.ca, shipments of Teva-Divalproex tablets were expected to be sent to wholesalers the week of April 4 (250mg) and the week of April 18 (500mg). There has been no recent resupply of the 125mg Teva-Divalproex tablets, the estimated resupply date is May 31.
Apotex provided new updates on April 21. They are beginning to resupply Apo-Divalproex, starting with the 500mg tablets. Some inventory of this strength tablet is expected to ship to wholesalers on April 22. The estimated resupply dates for Apo-Divalproex are May 9 (500mg), May 31 (250mg) and July 31 (125mg).
Epival is expected to remain in shortage for the coming months. A recent update from BGP Pharma on...
Update - July 14th, 2015
Apo-clobazam shortage is resolved. The drug identification number or DIN is 02244638.
Please note that PMS-clobazam, marketed by Pharmascience Inc, has been discontinued and is no longer available in Canada. A notice of this drug discontinuation is posted on www.drugshortages.ca. The drug identification number or DIN is 02244474.
Acetazolamide tablets are available again from AA Pharma. The drug identification number or DIN is 00545015.
Please note that Acetazolam (Valeant Canada LP) is no longer available, this product has been discontinued. A notice of this drug discontinuation is posted on www.drugshortages.ca. The drug identification number or DIN is...
March 5th, 2013
Pfizer has reported that they are experiencing a shortage of Neurontin tablets (600 mg) which is expected to be resolved by March 15, 2013.
Epilepsy Ontario contacted Pfizer's customer service department and learned that all other strengths of Neurontin are available: 100 mg, 300 mg and 400 mg capsules, and 800 mg tablets.
This temporary shortage appears to be restricted to the 600 mg Neurontin tablets only. There is no indication that any other brands or dosages of gabapentin are affected. If you take Neurontin 600 mg tablets, contact your pharmacist for more information and to ask whether they have the medication in stock.
For additional information visit the
Canadian Drug Shortages Database.
Pfizer Canada Inc., Customer Service Department 1-888-275-9938
(Adapted from Epilepsy Ontario - Voices of...
January 16th, 2013
Clobozam/Drug ShortageIn a new national survey of more than 1,070 members of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacies released January 14th, 2013, statistics reveal startling findings:
- - 66% of doctors reported that a national drug shortage worsened since 2010
- - 94% of pharmacists reported difficulty locating medication for a patient in the previous week
- - 41% of pharmacists surveyed said drug shortages compromised their patients' health