Canada experiencing a national outbreak of syphilis causing shortage of medication
Canada is facing outbreak levels of syphilis across the country and a national shortage of the medication used to treat the disease is forcing the federal government to order hundreds of drugs from Australia.
The only Canadian manufacturer of Bicillin, the most effective antibiotic in the treatment of all different phases of syphilis, said it is facing an “out-of-stock situation” and won’t be able to reach normal production of the medication until July.
Pfizer Canada said the national shortage is due to a “production issue” at its manufacturing plant, adding that it is currently investigating the situation and “are working around the clock to ensure that Canadian patients have access to this important medication.”
The medication shortage could also lead to more cases of infectious syphilis, according to Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infectious disease control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.