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May 27, 2020, 17:48 ET Advisory - Consumers advised to stop using Akwaton International Multipurpose Wipes

OTTAWA, May 27, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Product: Akwaton International Multipurpose Wipes Issue: This product has not been authorized by Health Canada and may cause skin irritation or an allergic...


May 27, 2020, 14:00 ET Advisory - Some units of Triton Hand Sanitizer containing technical-grade ethanol sold in Canada without the necessary risk information

OTTAWA, May 27, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Product: Triton Hand Sanitizer (NPN 80097749) Issue: Some units of Triton Hand Sanitizer containing technical-grade ethanol were distributed and sold without the...


May 27, 2020, 13:49 ET Health Canada announces another step to accelerate access to health products for COVID-19

OTTAWA, May 27, 2020 /CNW/ - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global search for therapies to treat, diagnose, mitigate or prevent the infection. Before new therapies can be made available to...


May 12, 2020, 21:07 ET Statement from Health Canada on COVID-19 Serological Tests

OTTAWA, May 12, 2020 /CNW/ - Understanding the scope and scale of COVID-19 infections across the country is key to managing the epidemic over the coming months. This understanding will help inform...


May 11, 2020, 20:51 ET Advisory - Important safety information for certain respirator masks

OTTAWA, May 11, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Products: Certain respirators, including KN95 respirators Issue: Health Canada has contacted companies that may be importing or distributing certain respirators,...


May 07, 2020, 13:42 ET Advisory - Unauthorized test kits claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 put your health at risk

Summary Products: Test kits, including sample collection kits, claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19. Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians of the risks of purchasing unauthorized test kits to...


May 05, 2020, 19:29 ET Advisory - Protect yourself and your family from poisonings: always read and follow the label directions when using hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches

Summary Products: Various hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches. Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of poisoning when improperly using hand...


May 01, 2020, 21:28 ET Advisory - Axid (nizatidine) drug recalled due to presence of NDMA

OTTAWA, May 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Products: Axid (nizatidine), a prescription drug used to treat ulcers in the stomach and intestine, as well as heartburn. Issue: The Pendopharm Division of...


May 01, 2020, 09:51 ET Advisory - Clinical trial looking at the potential use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19

Summary Product: Convalescent plasma (i.e., the component of blood known as plasma obtained from people who have recovered from COVID-19) Issue: Some patients, their families and physicians have...


Apr 30, 2020, 16:37 ET Government of Canada introduces new digital initiatives to its suite of virtual tools for COVID‑19

OTTAWA, April 30, 2020 /CNW/ - COVID-19 is a global public health challenge that continues to evolve rapidly. The pandemic has greatly changed the daily lives of people around the world, including in ...


Apr 27, 2020, 13:30 ET Public Advisory - Expedited access to cleaning products used in the workplace to help fight COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 27, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Products: Cleaning products used, handled or stored in the workplace Issue: Health Canada is facilitating access to supplies of these products to help fight...


Apr 25, 2020, 22:53 ET Advisory - Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. These drugs should be used only under the supervision of a physician

Summary Products: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine Issue: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. Health Canada is concerned that some people may be directly buying and...


Apr 18, 2020, 13:23 ET Public Advisory - Expedited access to household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps to help fight COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 18, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Products: Household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps Issue: Health Canada is facilitating access to supplies of these products to help fight...


Apr 17, 2020, 13:30 ET Advisory - Shortage of salbutamol inhalers in Canada

OTTAWA, April 17, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Product: Salbutamol inhalers Issue: Increased demand for salbutamol inhalers due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to reported shortages and limited supply of...


Apr 15, 2020, 13:30 ET Advisory - Health Canada is temporarily authorizing the use of technical-grade ethanol in hand sanitizer products: Always follow the label directions when using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Summary Products: Hand sanitizer products made with technical-grade ethanol. Issue: Health Canada is temporarily authorizing the use of technical-grade ethanol for use in hand sanitizer products....


Apr 15, 2020, 10:00 ET Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 15, 2020 /CNW/ - COVID-19 is a global public health challenge that has changed the daily lives of people around the world. During these difficult times, it is critical that Canadians be ...


Apr 14, 2020, 15:15 ET Advisory - Fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirators may not protect consumers against COVID-19

Summary Products: Fraudulent N95 respirators Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of using fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirators, as they may not protect consumers against...


Apr 02, 2020, 18:13 ET Advisory - Homemade hand sanitizers may present health risks

Summary Products: Homemade hand sanitizer products and recipes. Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians about the potential health risks of making and using homemade hand sanitizers to help limit...


Mar 31, 2020, 15:43 ET Information Update - Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing

Update: March 31, 2020 An updated list of products is available: Disinfectants and hand sanitizers accepted under COVID-19 interim measure. Original Text: March 18, 2020 OTTAWA, March 31, 2020 /CNW/...


Mar 31, 2020, 11:01 ET Advisory - Certain Lots of Taro-Zoledronic acid injection drug, used for osteoporosis and Paget's disease, recalled due to potential presence of particulate matter

OTTAWA, March 31, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Product: Taro-Zoledronic acid injection 5mg/100mL, used for osteoporosis and Paget's disease Issue: Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling five lots of...


Mar 30, 2020, 10:53 ET Advisory - Stockpiling drugs can lead to local shortages: Canadians urged not to buy more medication than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic

Summary Products: Various medications Issue: Increased demand and stockpiling of medications in response to COVID-19. What to do: Do not buy more medication than usual to help ensure that all...


Mar 27, 2020, 14:00 ET Advisory - Health products that make false or misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 may put your health at risk

Summary Products: Health products that make false and misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of purchasing health products...


Mar 23, 2020, 17:27 ET Consumer Product Update - Health Canada warns of the recall of several additional USB chargers due to shock, burn or fire hazards

OTTAWA, March 23, 2020 /CNW/ - Updated: March 23, 2020 February 6, 2020 Issue Health Canada recently completed testing on a number of USB chargers that plug into an electrical outlet intended for use ...


Mar 20, 2020, 13:40 ET Information Update - No scientific evidence that ibuprofen worsens COVID-19 symptoms

Summary Product: Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Issue: We are aware of reports, including on social media, that reference safety issues with the use of ibuprofen...


Mar 19, 2020, 15:11 ET Advisory - Unauthorized skin lightening product seized from Danforth Variety & Fruit Market: Product may pose serious health risks

OTTAWA, March 19, 2020 /CNW/ - Summary Product: Unauthorized skin lightening product from the Danforth Variety & Fruit Market in Toronto, ON. Issue: The product is unauthorized and labelled to...