Drug Recall: ResotraLAX 45 + 10 Value Pack sold at Costco recalled due to choking hazard

July 2, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that Bayer Inc. is voluntarily recalling RestoraLAX 45 + 10 Value Pack sold at Costco Canada due to a potential choking hazard. The recalled product may contain deposits such as clumps or lumps.‎ The presence of these deposits may pose a choking hazard. RestoraLAX is used to relieve occasional constipation and irregularity.

Unauthorized Products: "Poppers" and sexual enhancement products seized

June 23, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that multiple unauthorized health products seized from two adult stores in Scarborough and Etobicoke, ON, may pose serious risks to health. Products seized include “poppers” and products promoted for sexual enhancement.

"Poppers" is a slang term for products that contain alkyl nitrites. Despite being labelled for various uses such as leather cleaners, room odourizers or liquid incense, these products are inhaled or ingested by consumers for recreational purposes. Alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite, are prescription drugs and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Products containing alkyl nitrites may pose serious risks, including death, depending on the amount used, how frequently they are used and how long they are used for, as well as the person's health and the other medications they may be taking. Since it is difficult to control how much is inhaled, people can accidentally overdose. Swallowing these products can lead to serious medical complications and may be fatal. People with certain medical conditions (including recent head trauma, bleeding into the head, glaucoma, or heart disease) and those taking certain medications (particularly drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction), and other drugs (such as high blood pressure medications, certain migraine drugs, and high doses of aspirin) or illicit drugs are at particular risk.

Unauthorized Products: "Jupiter" and "Kratom Zone" products seized

June 26, 2017

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized unauthorized “Jupiter” and “Kratom Zone” kratom products from two retail stores in Edmonton, AB. Kratom may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled. Health Canada has not authorized any product containing kratom for sale. It is illegal to sell any health products in Canada without authorization from Health Canada. The Department advises consumers not to swallow or inhale products labeled to contain kratom because of the potential side effects, including liver and heart problems.

Unauthorized Botanicals: "High By Nature" kratom products recalled

May 19, 2017

Unauthorized Botanicals: "High By Nature" kratom products recalled

Health Canada is advising Canadians that Garnoff Botanicals is voluntarily recalling unauthorized “High By Nature” kratom products because they may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled. The products were being promoted online at garnoffbotanicals.com and sold at various retail locations, including smoke shops, across Canada.

Health Canada has not authorized any product containing kratom for sale. It is illegal to sell any health products in Canada without authorization from Health Canada. The Department advises consumers not to swallow or inhale products labelled to contain kratom because of the potential side effects, including liver and heart problems.

Unauthorized Products: Seizure from adult stores in Scarborough

May 25, 2017

Unauthorized Products: Seizure from adult stores in Scarborough

Health Canada is advising Canadians that multiple unauthorized health products seized from two retailers in Scarborough, ON, may pose serious risks to health. Products seized include “poppers” and products promoted for sexual enhancement.

Online Drugs Warning: Health Canada warns about L-tryptophan and lithium orotate

May 30, 2017

Online Drugs Warning: Health Canada warns about L-tryptophan and lithium orotate

Health Canada is advising Canadians that multiple unauthorized products labelled to contain L tryptophan or lithium orotate were being sold on amazon.ca, and may pose serious health risks. L Tryptophan (at doses higher than 220 mg per day) and lithium orotate are prescription drugs in Canada and should be used only under the supervision of a health-care professional.

All drug products sold in Canada, including those sold over the Internet, must be approved for sale by Health Canada. Taking drugs that have not been authorized by Health Canada may pose serious health risks, as they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness, or quality.

Prescription drugs should be obtained only from pharmacies that are licensed by the applicable province or territory in which they operate. Consumers who take a prescription drug without being examined and monitored by a health-care professional may not receive appropriate treatment. They may also put themselves at risk for harmful drug interactions and dangerous side effects.

Supplement Alert: Unauthorized supplements seized from Chateauguay

February 10, 2017

Supplement Alert: Unauthorized supplements seized from Chateauguay

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized unauthorized health products promoted as workout, weight loss and dietary supplements from Atomik Nutrition at 102-90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Châteauguay, QC (list available on Health Canada’s website). The products are labelled to contain various drugs, including prescription and controlled drugs, which may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

Health Advisory: Risk of skin burns with over the counter pain relievers with menthol

February 13, 2017

Health Advisory: Risk of skin burns with over the counter pain relievers with menthol

Health Canada is advising Canadians that a safety review has found a risk of serious skin burns with the use of certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers containing menthol. These pain relievers are applied to the skin to produce mild irritation or inflammation intended to help relieve muscle and joint pain. They contain one or more active ingredients and come in various formulations, including creams, gels, liquids and patches.

While a minor rash or a burning sensation are a known side effect, more serious effects like skin burns, pain, blistering or other severe skin damage are not generally expected from the use of these products. Health Canada has received 21 reports of serious side effects involving OTC topical pain relievers containing menthol in various concentrations (containing 0.75% to 11% menthol), as a single ingredient or in combination with other ingredients (most commonly methyl salicylate). In many cases, the products were used as directed, with burns, severe swelling and blistering appearing within 24-48 hours of the first application.

Drug Recall: PMS-Propofol recalled

February 21, 2017

Drug Recall: PMS-Propofol recalled

Health Canada is advising Canadians that a recall is occurring for PMS-Propofol because several batches were contaminated by foreign particles. For more information, please visit the Health Canada website.

Drug Alert: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics may in rare cases cause severe side effects

January 23, 2017

Drug Alert: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics may in rare cases cause severe side effects

Health Canada’s recent safety review of oral and injectable fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, found that in rare cases some known side effects may be persistent or disabling. This includes muscular issues such as tendonitis and Achilles tendon rupture, nerve damage such as peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system issues such as anxiety, dizziness and confusion.

As a result of its safety review, Health Canada is working with manufacturers to include information concerning this rare but serious risk in the product labelling of these drugs.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are used to treat several types of infections, including respiratory and urinary tract infections. Reactions can occur hours to weeks after taking a fluoroquinolone.