Superior Court rules cough & cold products back in grocery

    A year long court battle ends with the little guy on top

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
is pleased to announce that a controversial and unlawful decision in adopting
the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) and the
Ontario College of Pharmacists to remove all multi-ingredient ephedrine and
pseudoephedrine products (common over-the-counter cough & cold products) from
grocery store shelves in Ontario HAS JUST BEEN OVERTURNED BY THE ONTARIO
    John F. T. Scott, President of CFIG said, "This is a great day not only
for CFIG and our independent grocery store members in Ontario but for
consumers right across this province. The Superior Court's decision is a
powerful statement that says as of today, grocery stores in Ontario can start
placing everyday cough & cold medicines back on their grocery stores shelves."
    Gary Sands, Vice-President of CFIG agrees, "This far-reaching decision is
a win for CFIG but in particular a win for small-town rural Ontario to
continue to have access to common over the counter drugs. Hopefully the
Ontario College of Pharmacists has learned a valuable and expensive lesson as
to the limits of its authority to try to make changes to Ontario laws
affecting the people of this province."
    CFIG will be bringing this judgment to the attention of other provinces
in Canada that followed NAPRA's decision and encourage them to follow in
Ontario's footsteps. British Columbia and Alberta, following meetings with
CFIG, officially rejected NAPRA's position.
    In early January 2006, NAPRA cited the problem of crystal methamphetamine
abuse as a reason to rule that all pseudoephedrine cough/cold/allergy
therapeutic medications should be available only in pharmacies and removed
from sale in all other retail locations and this decision would become
effective April 10, 2006. "However, as an interesting footnote, the decision
did nothing to curtail the use of crystal meth and in fact since this decision
was put in place crystal meth labs in Ontario doubled in number last year,"
said Gary Sands, Vice-President CFIG.

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-for-profit
association founded in 1962 that represents independent and franchised grocers
across Canada. CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent and
franchised grocers and boasts a national membership of 3,800. Our members have
contributed $14 billion dollars in annual retail sales from coast to coast and
play a key role in the economic landscape of Canada's business community.

For further information:

For further information: Karen Jury, Director, Communications, Canadian
Federation of Independent Grocers, Mobile: (416) 302-3605, Tel.: (416)
492-2311 ext.: 222, E-mail:

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