Kadian® PINs

Kadian Shortage Information - January 2018

Pharmacists may be encountering a shortage of Kadian®, used for pain indications and opioid agonist treatment (OAT). The shortage is primarily of higher-dose capsules: 20 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. 

Recent communication from the BCCSU advised that M-ESLON® could be used instead of Kadian. As a reminder, M-ESLON is not a benefit under PharmaCare Plan G, and there is no PIN for M-ESLON for OAT, so please use all means at your disposal to obtain Kadian for your OAT patients. Do not dispense M‑ESLON under the Kadian PINs. If you receive a prescription for M-ESLON from a patient covered only by Plan G, please contact the prescriber to arrange for Special Authority for coverage.

If you receive a prescription for Kadian and do not have appropriate strength Kadian capsules in stock, please contact nearby pharmacies to obtain stock and ensure procedures for emergency narcotics stock transfer are followed. For assistance locating pharmacies with Kadian stock, please contact the BCCSU during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at 604-416-1535. 


When entering claims for Kadian® for the treatment of opioid use disorder, use the appropriate PIN below.

For pain management, use the relevant DIN.

Note: PharmaCare does not cover witnessed ingestion fees for Kadian.

For Opioid Use Disorder Treatment



Kadian 10 mg capsule


Kadian 20 mg capsule


Kadian 50 mg capsule


Kadian 100 mg capsule