Dear COS Member,
As many of you know, there has been a shortage of fluorescein strips since last year. We have been keeping track of this shortage through regular communication with the Provincial/Territorial Drug Shortages Task Team and with INNOVA Medical Ophthalmics and Dioptic Pharmaceuticals, who manufacture DioFluor Strips.
We are pleased to share the following update from INNOVA Medical Ophthalmics and Dioptic Pharmaceuticals on the status of DioFluor Strips production and their anticipated ship date:
Health Canada's required changes in production equipment and qualification have taken some time and made it challenging for us to commit to a specific date for availability. The good news is we are getting closer to our target for availability. We expect production of a new batch of DioFluor Strips to be completed by the end of February. Following production, sterilization and quality control testing must be completed. We are working diligently to expedite these processes while ensuring product integrity and quality are maintained. With this in mind, we anticipate testing to be completed and product ready to be shipped to customers by March 15-16, 2018.
We appreciate your patience during this time.