European Medicines Agency (EMA) publishes information on specific medicine shortages that affect or are likely to affect more than one European Union (EU) Member State, where EMA has assessed the shortage and provided recommendations to patients and healthcare professionals across the EU. It also provides a list of national registers in the EU and EEA Member States containing information on medicine shortages in these individual countries.
Medicine shortages during COVID-19 pandemic
Update: EMA and its partners in the European Medicines Regulatory Network are putting measures in place to help prevent and mitigate possible disruptions to the supply of medicines in the European Union (EU) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMA is acting as central coordinator in supporting Member States' activities in this area during the pandemic. Potential medicines shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic are included in EMA's shortages catalogue only if EMA has assessed the shortage and provided recommendations.
For more information on how EMA is mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the supply of medicines in the EU, see Availability of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic.
Most medicine shortages are dealt with at national level so if you cannot find information on the EMA website or would like further details, please check the relevant national register listed below or visit the website of your national competent authority. If you are having difficulty obtaining a medicine that has been prescribed to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
|EU Member State||Medicine shortage register|
|Cyprus||No online register available|
|Germany||https://www.bfarm.de (DE) / www.pei.de (DE)|
|Luxembourg||No online register available|
|Malta||No online register available|
|Netherlands||No online register available|
|Poland||No online register available|
|Portugal||No online register available|
|EEA Member State|
|Liechtenstein||No online register available|