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Harper Government Moves to Implement Mandatory Drug Shortage Reporting

Early, comprehensive Supply Information Will Help Healthcare Providers Coordinate Treatment Plans

OTTAWA, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced today that the Government is taking the next step towards implementing mandatory reporting of drug shortages by companies. The amendments being proposed to the Food and Drugs Regulations would require manufacturers to:

Earlier, more comprehensive and reliable information on drug supply disruptions will give healthcare providers more time and confidence to make alternate treatment plans. Proposed new regulations were posted for consultation in the Canada Gazette on June 20 for a 75-day comment period.

Health Canada will also soon issue a request for proposals for a third party to create and administer the new independent reporting website.

Quick Facts


"By implementing mandatory drug shortage reporting, our Government is further strengthening patient safety in Canada.  Patients and those who care for them need timely and accurate information on the availability of drugs in order to provide proper care. Better, more timely and reliable information will allow the healthcare system to respond more quickly and to minimize the impact of potential drug supply disruptions."
Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

Associated Links

Harper Government Announces Requirement for Reporting of Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages Public Notification Register


Health Canada news releases are available on the Internet at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/media


SOURCE Health Canada

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