Drug Shortages

Below is a list of current and anticipated ophthalmic drug shortages. This table is generated from Health Canada and is intended for use by practicing ophthalmologists. Drugs that have been out of production or unavailable for more than 12 months are not included in this table.

The table is updated daily.

Last Updated: 2022-11-29 00:01:16

Drug Name Drug Status Last Updated DIN Type Anticipated Start Date Estimated End Date Actual Start Date Actual End Date Shortage Reason
MED-BRIMONIDINE Marketed 2020-12-09 02507811 Shortage 2022-08-01 2022-11-15 2022-08-08 Demand increase for the drug.
DIOFLUOR STRIPS Marketed 2022-02-08 02160773 Shortage 2020-12-01 2021-03-22 Shortage of an active ingredient.
MINIMS PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE Marketed 2021-01-10 02148447 Shortage 2022-11-18 2022-10-24 Delay in shipping of the drug.
ACT LATANOPROST/TIMOLOL Marketed 2021-09-09 02436256 Shortage 2021-08-27 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
ACUVAIL Marketed 2020-04-03 02369362 Shortage 2022-10-28 2022-12-16 Demand increase for the drug.
ATROPINE Marketed 2019-04-06 02023695 Shortage 2020-11-01 Delay in shipping of the drug.
COSOPT PRESERVATIVE-FREE Marketed 2022-06-08 02258692 Shortage 2022-11-16 2022-12-12 2022-11-16 Delay in shipping of the drug.
CYCLOGYL Marketed 2020-06-17 00252506 Shortage 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 Requirements related to complying with good manufacturing practices.
DUREZOL Marketed 2019-05-04 02415534 Shortage 2022-02-28 2022-02-25 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
ALCON ATROPINE Marketed 2022-04-08 00035017 Shortage 2022-11-08 2022-11-08 Requirements related to complying with good manufacturing practices.
IZBA Marketed 2019-05-04 02457997 Shortage 2022-10-07 2022-12-09 2022-10-18 Delay in shipping of the drug.
JAMP-DORZOLAMIDE Marketed 2020-02-06 02453347 Shortage 2022-12-31 2022-10-07 Demand increase for the drug.
MAXITROL Marketed 2019-05-04 00042676 Shortage 2022-11-09 2022-12-02 Delay in shipping of the drug.
MINIMS PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE Marketed 2021-01-10 02148455 Shortage 2022-12-05 2022-10-28 Delay in shipping of the drug.
MIOCHOL-E Marketed 2021-12-08 02133326 Shortage 2022-10-31 2023-01-19 Delay in shipping of the drug.
OCUFLOX Marketed 2022-09-08 02143291 Shortage 2023-01-31 2021-04-06 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
PRED FORTE Marketed 2022-10-08 00301175 Shortage 2022-10-04 2023-01-13 Demand increase for the drug.
PROLENSA Marketed 2020-03-05 02439123 Shortage 2022-11-14 2023-01-13 2022-11-14 Shortage of an active ingredient.
RIVA-LATANOPROST Marketed 2020-04-03 02341085 Shortage 2022-06-10 2022-10-31 2022-08-05 Demand increase for the drug.
SANDOZ BRIMONIDINE Marketed 2020-04-03 02305429 Shortage 2022-12-09 2022-09-27 Requirements related to complying with good manufacturing practices.
SANDOZ FLUOROMETHOLONE Marketed 2020-04-03 00432814 Shortage 2022-12-23 2022-09-27 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
SANDOZ POLYTRIMETHOPRIM Marketed 2020-04-03 02239234 Shortage 2023-03-03 2022-11-28 Demand increase for the drug.
SANDOZ PREDNISOLONE Marketed 2020-04-03 01916203 Shortage 2022-12-02 2022-07-29 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
TEVA-PREDNISOLONE Marketed 2018-05-03 00700401 Shortage 2022-11-30 2022-10-17 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
TRAVATAN Z Marketed 2019-05-04 02318008 Shortage 2022-09-10 2022-12-05 2022-08-29 Delay in shipping of the drug.
TRUSOPT Marketed 2020-11-09 02216205 Shortage 2022-11-16 2022-12-02 2022-11-16 Demand increase for the drug.
TRUSOPT PRESERVATIVE-FREE Marketed 2022-08-08 02269090 Shortage 2022-11-10 2023-03-07 2022-11-10 Demand increase for the drug.
XALACOM Marketed 2020-06-17 02246619 Shortage 2022-10-19 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.
XALATAN Marketed 2020-06-17 02231493 Shortage 2022-12-21 2023-02-07 Disruption of the manufacture of the drug.

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