CAPDM and our pharmaceutical distributor members continue to closely monitor and respond to the high surge in demand for pharmaceutical products during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Working in partnership with pharmacy and manufacturer stakeholders, we are starting to see positive results in ‘flattening the curve’ of demand for certain pharmaceuticals. We must continue to stretch out wholesale inventories to ensure equitable distribution for all customers as we move through the anticipated global supply challenges arising from COVID-19.
Together with our distributors we continue to encourage governments, regulators and other pharmacy stakeholders to support pharmacists in sharing a message of responsible ordering with a view of giving every patient equal access to their required medication.
CAPDM will update this page as new information becomes available.
Message from CAPDM President & CEO
The Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM) and its pharmaceutical distributor members are taking every measure to safeguard and stabilize the pharmacy supply chain in these extraordinary times. Read the Full Message
March 27, 2020 - CBC News
Coronavirus a 'wake-up call' for Canada's prescription drug supply
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
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
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
Subject: DEL Bulletin LEPP No. 75 Approach to Management of COVID-19 // Approche concernant la gestion de la COVID-19
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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
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