Ontario Drug Supply Interruption

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Ontario is taking action to address the effects stemming from production and distribution issues at the Sandoz Canada plant in Boucherville, Quebec

There have been no reported cancellations or delays of surgeries at Ontario public hospitals due to this shortage at this time.

Ontario is taking action to address the effects stemming from production and distribution issues at the Sandoz Canada plant in Boucherville, Quebec. Sandoz produces several critical drugs that are used routinely to treat patients in hospitals and other care settings.

Sandoz notified the ministry in late February of the supply implications at its production facilities. Sandoz is focusing its  production on key surgical and pain medications and has committed to inform customers of projected drug allocations so that they may plan accordingly.  

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working with health care sector partners and other provinces to address any potential effects that may come about from drug shortages.On March 7, 2012, the Minister of Health and Long-term Care, Deb Matthews, announced a five point plan to take action to address the effects stemming from production and distribution issues.This plan includes:

  1. Inventory and Impact Assessment: An assessment of the inventory of drugs and potential effects on services
  2. Inventory Management: A redistribution plan to move available supplies of drugs across the province to where they are most urgently needed
  3. Drug Procurement: Provincial coordination of procurement of affected drugs
  4. Service Delivery Plan: A plan for service delivery in the event of drug shortages, including the identification of alternatives
  5. Communications: Ongoing communications with the health care sector

Resources

March 23, 2012: Ministry Update On Status Of Health System Drug Supply

March 22, 2012: Fact Sheet: Overview Of Roles And Responsibilities In Supply Chain For Drugs

March 7, 2012: Minister Matthews’ Statement On Sandoz Drug Supply

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