May 19, 2020
Safeguarding Access to Essential Medicines
Now, more than ever, the dedicated around-the-clock efforts of our pharmaceutical distributors is crucial to the health of millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Read the full story...
May 8, 2020
Covid Driving Unprecedented Demand for Medications
The COVID-19 crisis has driven unprecedented demand for healthcare products and thrown global supply chains into turmoil. In this context, protecting Canadians’ access to essential medications has never been more complicated, or more important. Read the full story...
Canada’s pharmaceutical distributors continue to respond quickly and decisively to unprecedented
spikes in pharmaceutical demand. Read More
April 17, 2020
CAPDM Member News – Apotex Inc., COVID-19 Response
In the face of this global and local pandemic, Apotex Inc. is pleased to advise they have undertaken the following on behalf of all Canadians:
- Shifted priorities to scale up production and re-purposed our plants to manufacture hydroxychloroquine to meet 100% of the current needs of all Canadians with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis (current on-label indications).
- Donated product, including placebo for eight (8) clinical trials in Canada.
- Making available an additional 2 million dosages of hydroxychloroquine to the federal government by donation, to further ensure national availability of hydroxychloroquine during these pandemic times.
This donation and increased production to meet the needs of all Canadians is only made possible by, and underscores the importance of local, domestic manufacturing in Canada.
The thousands of essential workers involved in this effort take great pride in going to work during this pandemic to ensure patients have access to hydroxychloroquine and the hundreds of other products manufactured for the health and well-being of all Canadians.
April 9, 2020
Ensuring a Safe Supply of Essential Medications and Healthcare Supplies to Canadians During COVID-19
CAPDM proudly represents Canada’s healthcare distributors who together supply medications and healthcare essentials to Canadian hospitals and pharmacies from coast to coast to coast.
A strong pharmaceutical supply chain is here today and every day to ensure Canadians can access necessary medications and health products
Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, CAPDM, its distributor members and pharmacy partners continue to work tirelessly to maintain Canada’s strong pharmaceutical supply chain, ensuring essential medications and supplies are delivered to patients across Canada when they need them. Read the Full Letter
March 25, 2020
Message from CAPDM President & CEO
The Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM) and its pharmaceutical distributor members are taking every measure to stabilize the pharmacy supply chain during these extraordinary times. Read the Full Message
March 27, 2020 - CBC News
Coronavirus a 'wake-up call' for Canada's prescription drug supply
Canadian pharmacies are limiting how much medication can be dispensed to try to prevent shortages, recognizing that most active ingredients for drugs come from India and China and medical supply chains have been disrupted by the spread of COVID-19. Read the full story
Subject: DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 76 Health Canada announces interim drug product testing measures for licensed importers // Santé Canada annonce des mesures provisoires d’essai des produits pharmaceutiques pour les importateurs détenteurs d’une licence
Health Canada continues to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is leading the COVID-19 public health response and pandemic planning as well as with provincial, territorial and international partners to monitor and respond to this evolving situation. READ DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 76 (EN/FR)
Canadian Pharmacists Association
COVID-19 and the responsible allocation of medications to patients
OTTAWA, March 17, 2020 /CNW/ - As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to evolve, pharmacists are becoming increasingly mindful about the need to carefully manage our drug supply to weather some of the long-term impacts of the disease across the globe. READ Full Press Release
March 19, 2020
*CLARIFICATION // PRECISION DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 74 COVID-19 Disinfectants and Hand Sanitizers // COVID-19 Désinfectants et désinfectants pour les mains
Clarification to March 17 DEL bulletin #74
Clarification: Health Canada is taking action to increase supplies of disinfectants and hand sanitizers
Further to the March 17 information on an interim measure for disinfectants and hand sanitizers, the following elements of our initial communication are further clarified. READ Full Bulletin EN/FR
HC Disinfectant Sanitizing Form_EN(v2-2)
HC Disinfectant Sanitizing Form_ FR(v2-2)
March 17, 2020
CAPDM members are safeguarding the stability & continuity of the pharmacy supply chain…
The distributor members of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM) are essential to healthcare in Canada, responsible for the delivery of over 95% of prescription medicines to more than 11,000 pharmacies and hospitals. As such, they have been closely monitoring inventories and customer buying patterns this past month. With the intensification of events surrounding COVID-19, our distributor members have enhanced vigilance in an effort to further safeguard supply stability and business continuity. READ Actions & Recommendations
March 17, 2020 (Superseded by Clarification March 19)
Subject: DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 74 COVID-19 Disinfectants and Hand Sanitizers // COVID-19 Désinfectants et désinfectants pour les mains
Health Canada is taking action to increase supplies of disinfectants and hand sanitizers
View or download HC Disinfectant Sanitizing Form_EN
In light of the unprecedented demand and urgent need for disinfectants and hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as an interim measure, Health Canada is permitting the importation of some supplies that may not fully meet Canadian regulatory requirements under the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations. READ HC Statement
Subject: DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 75 Approach to Management of COVID-19 // Approche concernant la gestion de la COVID-19
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Health Canada has been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is leading the COVID-19 public health response and pandemic planning, as well as with provincial, territorial and international partners to monitor and respond to this evolving situation. READ Bulletin EN/FR