Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Antibiotic shortages

Canada continues to experience supply issues related to some antibiotics.

Similar to the pediatric analgesic situation, the antibiotic shortages are the result of overwhelming demand we saw this cold and flu season that was driven by a surge in respiratory infections, particularly among children. While manufacturers reported a demand increase of 300-400% this season, as of March 2023 there are positive indicators that demand has levelled off and the supply situation will continue to improve.

CPhA has been involved in regular discussions with Health Canada and other key stakeholders to represent pharmacists and collaborate on strategies to alleviate the impact on our patients.

Information and resources

Antibiotic stewardship 

Information for parents and caregivers


Last updated: March 31, 2023