Who We Are

The Critical Drugs Coalition is a group of Canadians concerned about the shortages of drugs desperately needed in critical care settings in the fight against COVID19. We are not only physicians, pharmacists, business people or students but are also parents, children, grandchildren and neighbours concerned about our loved ones and fellow citizens.


Drug shortages have unfortunately become a fact of life over the last decade, driven by numerous challenges in supply chains and drug production. With COVID19, these challenges have multiplied. Critical supply chains have collapsed, key chemical precursors for drugs have gone short and our need for the most essential medications has increased.


Intensive care units and emergency departments are facing shortages of essential sedatives and induction agents such as ketamine, fentanyl, midazolam or propofol. We are also seeing shortages of essential pain relieving medications such as morphine which are critical for palliative care patients.


Our coalition is open to advocating for all realistic and feasible means to resolve these shortages.

What We Want

For the federal government to:

  • Ensure more transparency and clearer communication around essential drug supply. The drugshortages.ca website run by the Federal Government needs to be made more usable for front-line pharmacists managing drug shortages

  • Encourage domestic manufacturing capacity especially of vaccines and other critical care drugs

  • Commit to an Critical Medications List which the government commits to ensure are always in stock through the National Emergency Stockpile

Our Funding

We are a grassroots coalition run purely by our volunteers and do not receive any funding from any organizations.

Our Team

  •  Kashif Pirzada, MD, CCFP(EM). Emergency Physician at William Osler Health System and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Assistant Clinical Professor Adjunct, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • Saad Ahmed, MD, CCFP. Rural physician and lecturer at the Scarborough Health Network.

  • Abdul Basith, MD, CCFP. Emergency Physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Adjunct Professor at The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Rameeka Khan, R.Ph. Clinical Pharmacist at Markham-Stouffville Hospital

  • Ian Hilley,  B.Pharm (Hons), President, Hilley Pharma Advisors. Immediate Past Chair CHATS (Community and Home Assistance for Seniors) in York Region. Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. 

  • Abdulwahab Sidiqi, BSc, MD Candidate at University of Toronto

  • Amirpouyan Namavarian, BMSc, MD Candidate at University of Toronto

  • Ahmed Bagit, BSc Medical Sciences, Brock University

  • John Adams, Management Consultant. Board Chair, Best Medicines Coalition. Co-founder & President, Canadian PKU & Allied Disorders.

  • Nasser Syed, CEO of Apple Express, a third party warehousing and transportation company services the medical device and pharma industries.

  • Aman Chatha, VP of innovation and strategic partnerships at TMD 

  • Rahil Shah, BASc Computer Science Candidate at McMaster University 


* The members of the Critical Drugs Coalition are volunteers that only represent themselves and not any of the entities they are affiliated with professionally.