Information Update - Unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks to Canadians seized from retailers in B.C. and Ontario

OTTAWA, Dec. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Health Canada is informing Canadians that five unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks were seized from retailers in B.C. and Ontario. The products were seized because they were labelled to contain prescription drugs, narcotic or found to contain a prescription drug that was not listed on the label. (See table below)

Drugs that contain prescription drug ingredients should only be taken under the supervision of a health professional because they are used to treat specific diseases, and may cause serious side effects.

Unauthorized drugs have not been approved by Health Canada which means that they have not been assessed for their safety, effectiveness and quality. As a result, they may contain ingredients not listed on the label, other additives and/or contaminated ingredients.

In addition, unauthorized drugs may lack the active ingredients Canadians would expect to help maintain and improve health or contain other ingredients that may interact with other medications and foods. For all of these reasons, these products could cause serious health effects.

What consumers should do:

What retailers should know:

  • Selling unauthorized drugs in Canada is illegal.
  • When unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks to health are identified on the Canadian market, Health Canada takes appropriate action to prevent further distribution of the products and informs Canadians.

The website routinely informs consumers about health product recalls and advisories.

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SOURCE Health Canada

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Health Canada, (613) 957-2983; Public Inquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866 225-0709

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