Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association

Antibiotic shortages

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

Antibiotic stewardship 

Last updated: November 17, 2022