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Informing the public of possible health hazards and enabling Canadians to make informed decisions concerning the continued use of consumer and marketed health products, including foreign products not authorized for sale in Canada and not found on the Canadian marketplace, but which may have entered the country through personal importation or by purchase over the Internet.


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EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injectors may stick in their carrier tube

Pfizer Canada has advised Health Canada that, in a very small number of cases, some EpiPen (0.3 mg) and EpiPen Jr (0.15 mg) auto-injector devices may not slide out of their carrier tube easily, or at all. This could delay or prevent emergency treatment, possibly leading to patient disability or death.

Marvelon 28 birth control pills: Packages do not contain day-of-the-week stickers

Health Canada is informing Canadians that packages of certain lots of Marvelon 28 do not include day-of-the-week stickers. The stickers are meant to be applied on the blister pack containing the pills. The stickers indicate the first day of the week when the medication is started, and the weekdays that the pills should be taken. The stickers may be used by women to help them remember if they took their daily pill on a given day. Without these stickers, there may be an increased chance of missing a dose.

Multiple “Dr. King’s” homeopathic and “Natural Pet” veterinary products recalled due to potential microbial contamination

Health Canada is advising consumers and pet owners not to use homeopathic and veterinary products made by King Bio Inc. and labeled as "Dr. King's," "Dr King's Natural Pet" or "Natural Pet." These products may pose a health risk to people and pets, especially children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, because of potential microbial contamination. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, high levels of microbial contamination were identified at the manufacturing site in Asheville, North Carolina.

Several unauthorized products seized from Vitality Health Foods in Drayton Valley, AB, may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians that several unauthorized products seized from Vitality Health Foods in Drayton Valley, AB, may pose serious health risks. The 11products include vitamins, dietary supplements, workout supplements and decongestants. Seized products were labelled to contain various ingredients, including prescription drugs and controlled substances.

Drug and Alcohol Use During Orientation Week

OTTAWA – For students entering university and colleges across Canada, orientation week is an exciting time to get to know your new school, classmates and roommates. While parties during orientation week are a great way to celebrate, they can present safety challenges, especially when it comes to the use of alcohol and drugs.

Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. Thetable belowis updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, or as “poppers,” and that are labelled to contain or have been tested and found to contain dangerous ingredients. Links to previous tables with affected products are also available below.