Nearly a quarter of drugs marketed in Canada reported shortages: study

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A new study has found that of the over 9,000 different drugs marketed in Canada between 2017 and 2018, nearly 25 per cent were reported in shortage -- including EpiPens and treatments for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression.

In an unusual trend, it was more likely for a drug to be in shortage if it was produced by a generic company and there was no other competition.

They found that 23.4 per cent were reported in shortage during the study period -- between March 14, 2017 and Sept. 12, 2018. The average length of a shortage was five months. “I was very alarmed when I saw entire markets, all the brand names of a drug were not available and this was causing patients lots of hardship,” said Anis.

“We have to, at times, make patients wait. Sometimes these medications have very profound effects in their life and we just have to make them wait.”Eighty-six-year-old Lois Forrest has severe asthma, and relies on three medications to help her breathe with ease.


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mini_bubbly Yesterday my pharmacy could not refill my prescription. I have 1 day supply left 🤨 Meanwhile insurance companies do not permit more than 1 month distribution at a time, so we can't plan safely. We speak about our vaunted healthcare system yet Insurance Co's have major control.

There is a website where you can look up what drugs are in short supply.

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It appears that name brand drugs and the generic equivalent are two different drugs which makes this whole study problematic.

So canada allowed big pharma to buy out generic ICN and Novopharm and big pharma moved production to Indian where medications became contaminated!

A good start, I’d say.

oh yeah? Wouldn't have anything to do with pinching the market would it? How far Canada has fallen with the current parliament and media. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

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