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Health Product Risk Communication
September 22, 2016

Zarontin (ethosuximide) - Defective Capsules Associated with Reduced Efficacy (Increased Frequency of Seizures) - Erfa Canada 2012 Inc.

Erfa Canada 2012 Inc. and Health Canada have received reports of broken or leaking Zarontin soft gel capsules. Administration of defective Zarontin soft gel capsules can be associated with a lack of efficacy (increased frequency of seizures).

Health Canada Health Product Risk Communication

Advisory
September 20, 2016

Recall of Rapidcuts "Shredded" capsules due to undeclared prescription drug

Health Canada is advising Canadians that Healthy Body Services Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of two lots (G4016A and G4016) of Allmax-brand “Rapidcuts Shredded” capsules (NPN 80041658) because the product contains a prescription drug (yohimbine hydrochloride) not listed on the label. Taking a prescription drug unknowingly and without the supervision of a healthcare professional can pose serious health risks. The product is promoted as a work-out stimulant and fat-burner, and is sold at various retail outlets across Canada.

Health Canada Advisory

Information Update
September 15, 2016

Stronger, clearer labels for over-the-counter acetaminophen products to further address the risk of liver damage

Health Canada is releasing an updated Labelling Standard for over-the-counter acetaminophen products to help consumers use these products more safely. Product packages will include clearer instructions and stronger warnings to help reduce the potential for liver damage. This change is one of a number of steps Health Canada is taking in light of a safety review released in 2015.

Health Canada Information Update

Advisory
September 13, 2016

Unauthorized product “Black Orange” seized from Keebo Sports Supplements in Regina may pose serious health risks

Health Canada seized an unauthorized product called “Black Orange” from Keebo Sports Supplements at 2101 Quance St., Regina, Saskatchewan. The product is sold as a pre-workout stimulant and is labelled to contain ingredients that can pose serious health risks (yohimbine HCl, a prescription drug, and the combination of ephedrine and caffeine).

Health Canada Advisory

Information Update
September 07, 2016

Health Canada reinforces the importance of preventing pregnancy while taking the acne drug isotretinoin to avoid birth defects

Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the serious risk of birth defects associated with taking the prescription acne drug isotretinoin while pregnant. Health professionals and women who are using, or considering using this drug are reminded of the importance of not getting pregnant while taking this treatment.

Health Canada Information Update

Health Product Risk Communication
September 07, 2016

PRIMAXIN 500 (imipenem and cilastatin sodium) for injection - Incorrect Labelling Information - Merck Canada Inc.

Imipenem and Cilastatin for Injection 500 mg/500 mg Single-Dose Vials - Incorrect Labelling Information - Hospira Healthcare Corporation, a Pfizer Company

There is incorrect information regarding the final diluted concentration after reconstitution on the label of the outer package of PRIMAXIN 500 (imipenem and cilastatin sodium) and the multi-vial carton of Imipenem and Cilastatin for Injection, 500 mg/500 mg. It indicates the diluted concentration is 2.5 mg/mL instead of 5 mg/mL (when prepared as per the instructions in the package insert). Referencing this incorrect information could lead to a potential dosing error.

Information Update
September 01, 2016

Sage Products recalls topical skin protectant cloths (dimethicone 3%) and topical antiseptic cloths (chlorhexidine gluconate 2%) due to possible microbial contamination

Health Canada is advising Canadians of a voluntary recall of some lots of various Sage brand single-use, pre-moistened disposable cloths used for cleansing or protecting skin, due to possible contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B.cepacia).

Health Canada Information Update