Canada is currently experiencing a shortage of some antibiotics, primarily liquid formulations of amoxicillin.
Similar to the pediatric analgesic situation, the antibiotic shortages appear to be the result of an overwhelming demand that is being driven by the surge in respiratory infections we are seeing in our communities, particularly among children. Manufacturers are reporting that demand is generally up 300-400%.
CPhA is involved in regular discussions with Health Canada and other key stakeholders to better understand the situation and collaborate on strategies to alleviate the impact on our patients.
We will continue to update this webpage with new information and resources to support pharmacy professionals.
Information and resources
- UPDATED - Q&A for pharmacy professionals: What you need to know about antibiotic shortages
- Therapeutic alternatives to amoxicillin for common pediatric conditions: Clinical resource from CPhA and medSask
- Managing critical drug shortages in clinical practice: Guidance document from the Canadian Paediatric Society
- Drug Shortages Canada database
- Common Community Infections - Key Clinical Pearls (CPhA)
- Optimizing Duration of Therapy: Is Shorter Smarter? (CPhA)
- Viral Prescription Pad (RxFiles)
- Using Antibiotics Wisely (Choosing Wisely Canada)
- Antibiotic Stewardship Resources (University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy)
- Antimicrobial Stewardship (Public Health Ontario)
Information for parents and caregivers
- How to make sure antibiotics are the right choice (Canadian Paediatric Society)
Last updated: January 18, 2023