Tamoxifen now available to community pharmacies across Nova Scotia


HALIFAX, N.S. – Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA) Cancer Care team is pleased to report that patients who need the breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen, are able to get it at their community pharmacy.

“We’ve received confirmation that additional supply of tamoxifen is now available to all community pharmacies in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Drew Bethune, Senior Medical Director, NSHA Cancer Care Program. “This is great news for patients and providers.”

“We are asking pharmacies to continue to limit dispensing quantities to a one-month supply until the shortage is completely resolved. We are confident Nova Scotia will have enough drug to meet the needs of all patients.”

Health Canada recently announced that two Canadian manufacturers who make tamoxifen are predicting resolution of supply issues by the end of December instead of the end of January as earlier reported. 

Since Tamoxifen supply issues are close to being resolved NSHA is winding down operation of its tamoxifen information line.  The line will be monitored over the next couple of weeks, but the message will indicate that patients should be able to access the drug at their local pharmacy.

NSHA thanks its cancer care teams, community pharmacies, family physicians and all primary care providers, as well as its national partners including Health Canada and the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA), all of whom worked to support patients by implementing strategies to conserve and share the drug and resolve the issue as soon as possible.

We also thank patients and families for their patience and understanding as we worked together to ensure that this national shortage of tamoxifen was managed responsibly and, most importantly, effectively for our patients, who remain our top priority. 

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