Advisories and Recalls
Health Canada is advising Canadians that one lot of “Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea” herbal tea is being voluntarily recalled by Traditional Medicinals after a company supplier found Salmonella contamination in a tea ingredient (lemon myrtle leaf). An infection caused by Salmonella bacteria may pose serious health risks, particularly for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.
In light of continuing complaints of quality issues involving certain prescription birth control pills, Health Canada is reminding women to check their packages of birth control pills. If you notice anything unusual in the package, such as missing or damaged pills, you should return the package to the pharmacy for replacement as soon as possible. Skipping a dose because the pill is missing, or taking a damaged (for example, chipped or fragmented) pill, may increase the risk of pregnancy because less active ingredient may be taken. It is important to get a replacement package as soon as possible to avoid missing any doses.
April 12, 2018 For immediate release
Health Canada is advising Canadians that AA Pharma Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Primidone tablets because they contain high levels of lead. The company has indicated that only the lots identified below are affected by this issue.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that one lot of “Organic Traditions Shatavari Powder” is being voluntarily recalled by Advantage Health Matters Inc. Company testing found Salmonella bacteria contamination, which may pose serious health risks. According to Advantage Health Matters Inc., 13 units from the affected lot were distributed. Of the 13 units, only 2 packages, sold at Choices Markets Yaletown (1202 Richards Street) in Vancouver, B.C., have not been recovered.
As part of a planned national sampling and compliance project, Health Canada tested a number of uncertified USB chargers. The following products were found to pose an unacceptable risk of electric shock and fire and are being recalled. This table will be updated if and when new products are recalled.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that "Beyond Yourself Multi Athlete" multivitamin and unauthorized "Multi-Vitamines" sold in bulk were seized from several Shop Santé stores in Quebec because they may pose serious health risks.
OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising Canadians that it will be conducting a safety review of Fibristal (ulipristal acetate), a medication used to treat uterine fibroids in women. Health Canada's review is a result of Canadian and European reports of serious adverse events affecting the liver.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that two versions of the sexual enhancement product “Leopard Miracle of Honey” may pose serious health risks. Both versions are labelled as being approved by Health Canada, with NPN 80073650. Health Canada’s testing found that both versions of the product contain the undeclared prescription drug sildenafil. The product was not authorized to contain this prescription drug. Health Canada seized the products from two Ontario convenience stores located in Woodbridge, ON, and suspended the product licence.
Further to a recent advisory about the recall of one lot of Alysena 28 birth control pills because of chipped pills, Health Canada is informing Canadians that all lots of both Alysena 21 and Alysena 28 may have chipped pills. Health Canada is reminding women to always check their pills carefully before taking them.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that several unauthorized health products were seized from Revoskin (2299 Burrard Street) in Vancouver, B.C., because they may pose serious health risks.
March 6, 2018 Ottawa Health Canada
Health Canada is advising Canadians that several injectable products and unauthorized prescription drugs were seized from Total Health Centre (177 Yorston St.) in Williams Lake, B.C., because they may pose serious health risks.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that Sisu Inc. has voluntarily recalled numerous natural health products because the glass bottles that the products are packaged in may contain glass fragments, which may pose serious health risks if ingested or handled.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that GlaxoSmithKline Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Ventolin Diskus inhalers (lot 786G) because the products may not deliver the intended dose. Individuals who do not receive the intended dose may not be aware that the dose was not delivered.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that Apotex Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Alysena 28 birth control pill (lot LF10133A) after complaints about chipped pink pills in sealed blister packages.
OTTAWA – It’s midway through the cold, dark winter months and many students in high schools, colleges and universities are planning their spring or March break vacations. As you get ready to spend time with your friends, remember the risks associated with alcohol and drug use and know what to do in an overdose situation.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized several health products, including one kratom and 16 sexual enhancement products, from multiple George’s convenience stores located in the Greater Toronto Area (Brampton, Maple, Markham and Woodbridge). These products are not authorized by Health Canada and may pose serious health risks.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that Baxter Corporation is voluntarily recalling one lot of DIANEAL PD4 1.5% peritoneal dialysis solution in the 5-litre bag format due to the potential presence of particulate matter within the connectors.
OTTAWA – Pfizer Canada has advised Health Canada that there is currently a shortage of EpiPen auto-injectors in the 0.3 mg format (DIN 00509558). The shortage is reported to be due to a manufacturing disruption and is currently anticipated to be resolved by March 2, 2018. According to Pfizer, the shortage does not impact EpiPen Jr (0.15 mg) products, which remain available.