Infant and children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen shortage

Updated: November 29, 2022
Date published: October 26, 2022

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Shortage of infant and children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen

There is a current shortage of acetaminophen and ibuprofen products for infants and children across Canada. There has been unprecedented demand for these products, and while supply has increased, we continue to experience shortages.

Health Canada continues to work with the suppliers of these drugs and has provided access to import foreign authorized products.

Health Canada has ensured that measures are in place so all imported products have the necessary labelling information available in both languages.

We are also working with expert groups and those directly affected, listed below, to help increase supply and implement measures to address the shortage:

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What you should do

This medication shortage can be a distressing situation for parents and caregivers. If the shortage has affected you, the following information may help.

DO

DO NOT

Speak to a health care provider/pharmacist

Contact your doctor or a qualified health care professional if:

Your pharmacist can help you choose the right product, based on availability.

List of products eligible for importation

As of November 29, over 1.1 million bottles of children's pain and fever medications for hospitals, community pharmacies and retail outlets have been imported into Canada.

This will supplement the production of Canadian supply, which is at a record high, with some companies producing about 100% more than they were at the same time in 2021. This increase in domestic production includes an additional 1.1 million units which began to be released into the market in November.

Products listed below include both acetaminophen- and ibuprofen-containing products that we have authorized to be imported to alleviate the shortage.

List of products eligible for importation
Brand name Strength Manufacturer Date of authorization Country of authorization, Identifying code or number Labelling information Availability
Children's Advil Suspension Bubblegum 4oz (120mL) 100 mg/5 mL Haleon October 17, 2022 United States N/A Hospitals
Children's Advil Suspension Dye Free Blue Raspberry 4oz (120mL) 100 mg/5 mL Haleon October 17, 2022 United States N/A Hospitals
TYLENOL for Babies 1 Month – 2 years
200mL
24 mg/mL Johnson & Johnson Inc. October 20, 2022 Australia N/A Hospitals
Children's TYLENOL Oral Suspension 4 oz (120 mL) Grape 160 mg/5 mL Johnson & Johnson Inc. November 10, 2022 United States
NDC 50580-612-01
Labelling information for Children's TYLENOL Oral Suspension 4 oz (120 mL) Grape Retail
Children's TYLENOL Oral Suspension 4 oz (120 mL) Dye Free Cherry 160 mg/5 mL Johnson & Johnson Inc. November 10, 2022 United States
NDC 50580-170-01
Labelling information for Children's TYLENOL Oral Suspension 4 oz (120 mL) Dye Free Cherry Retail

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Canadian Pharmacists Association and children's hospitals:

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