ARCHIVED - Public Consultation on the Notification of Drug Shortages

Notice to the reader:

The online consultation is now closed.


The health and safety of Canadian patients is a top priority for the Government of Canada, and as such, Health Canada is undertaking a public consultation with Canadians on drug shortage notification. The purpose is to seek feedback from Canadians and other key stakeholders on the current approach to drug shortage notification in Canada, on how this approach is meeting their needs for timely, comprehensive and reliable public information, and to chart the best path forward. Comments received from this consultation will be taken into account when assessing how well the current system is working.

Notice with Regards to Personal Information

You are not required to divulge any personal information in the provision of your answers. Any personal information you choose to provide is protected under the provisions of the  Privacy Act. That Act also includes the right of access to and correction of your personal information. Should you require clarification about this Statement, contact our Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator.

How to Get Involved

This online consultation on drug shortage notification is open for comment starting May 22 to July 5, 2014 (45 calendar days). There are several ways to participate:

  • By Email: Please read the consultation document and send your responses to the consultation questions to
  • By Mail: Please read the consultation document and send your responses to the consultation questions to:

    Attention: Drug Shortage Consultations
    Strategic Horizontal Policy Division, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
    250 Lanark Ave, 4th Floor, Address Locator: 2004D
    Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K9

Additional Information

For more information on Health Canada's roles and responsibilities with respect to drug shortages, please visit the Health Canada Drug Shortages Webpage.

For more information on any drugs currently in shortage, please visit the  Canadian Drug Shortage Website (

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