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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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Shortage of EpiPen (0.3 mg) auto-injector in Canada

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.

Flintstones Plus Iron multivitamins for children: One bottle found to contain unidentified capsules instead of chewable tablets

Health Canada is advising Canadians that one bottle of children’s “Flintstones Plus Iron” multivitamins (NPN 02247995) was returned to a pharmacy containing unidentified capsules instead of the proper chewable tablets, which are multi-coloured tablets shaped like Flintstones characters. The opened bottle with the safety seal removed was returned to a Pharmaprix in Longueuil, QC, in December 2017.

Unauthorized Ultra Pure Colloidal Silver Product May Pose Serious Health Risk

Health Canada is advising Canadians, especially children and pregnant women, not to use the unauthorized product Ultra Pure Colloidal Silver by ECG Naturals because it may pose a serious risk to health. Consumers taking this product are at risk of developing a condition called generalized argyria, which is the permanent bluish-gray discolouration of the skin, eyes and nails. At this time, there is no scientific evidence that supports the use of colloidal silver for any specific disease or condition in humans.

Health Canada reminds Canadians of the risks of consuming bitter apricot kernels

OTTAWA – Health Canada is reminding Canadians to limit their consumption of bitter apricot kernels because of the risk of cyanide poisoning. Bitter apricot kernels contain amygdalin (also known as laetrile, and marketed as Vitamin B17) which is a natural substance that contributes to the bitter taste but can release cyanide after being eaten.

Unauthorized "Smart Brain Formulations Serotonin Support" may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians that the unauthorized health product “Smart Brain Formulations Serotonin Support” may pose serious health risks. The product is labelled to contain lithium orotate, which is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Health Canada testing also found bacterial contamination with E. coli, which can cause serious health problems. The product was being offered for sale by the company Robert Lamberton Consulting, by email. The company currently does not hold a site licence or any product licences with Health Canada.

Health Canada warns Canadians of the risks of buying prohibited, non-compliant and unsafe consumer products online

With the holiday season upon us, many Canadians will be turning to the Web to shop. While online shopping can be convenient, consumers should be aware that some products available online are prohibited in Canada, non-compliant with Canadian regulations or have been found to be unsafe. Examples of such products found online include baby walkers, infant self-feeding devices, relighting candles, and small powerful magnet sets.

Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. The table below is 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.

Unauthorized "E-Fong XuDuan Concentrated Herb Tea" contains prescription drug and may pose serious health risks

Health Canada is advising Canadians that the unauthorized health product “E-Fong XuDuan Concentrated Herb Tea” may pose serious health risks, including an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Health Canada laboratory testing found that the tea contains trace amounts of mycophenolate, a prescription drug. The product was being imported by two companies (Hunsing Enterprise Ltd. and Aidus International), which distributed the product to other retailers and distributors, including clinics that provide Traditional Chinese Medicine services.