Category: <span>Advice</span>

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Contraception

Great tool from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) to choose your favourable and appropriate birth control method or contraception: https://itsaplan.ca Consult your physician for further advice and information. HMC

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Glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis pain

Glucosamine and chondroitin do not appear to be effective in higher-quality, larger and/or publicly funded studies. If studies at high risk of bias are included, at best ~10% more people will have meaningful reduction in pain with either treatment over 35-45% of people with placebo. There is reason to doubt the effectiveness of either treatments....

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Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy and risk of kidney damage in unborn babies, leading to low amniotic fluid

Health Canada is investigating the use of NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy and the rare, but serious, risk of kidney problems in an unborn baby that can lead to low levels of amniotic fluid and possible complications, in response to a Drug Safety Communication recently released by the U.S. FDA on this...

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Updates to safety labelling for benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs

Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like prescription drugs—commonly used to treat sleep and anxiety disorders, certain seizure disorders, and to help relax muscles or relieve muscle pain—can lead to problematic use and substance use disorder. To help mitigate these risks, Health Canada is asking manufacturers to update their safety warnings to include more prominent and consistent messaging for...

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PICATO (ingenol mebutate gel, 0.015% and 0.05%) – Product Withdrawal in Canada due to Potential Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

At Health Canada’s request, LEO Pharma Inc. is withdrawing Picato from the Canadian market. This follows a safety review by the Department, which concluded that use of Picato may be associated with an increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, and that the benefits of using Picato no longer outweigh its potential risks. HMC

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Benzocaine products should not be used in children under two years of age

Health Canada is reminding parents and caregivers not to use products containing benzocaine in children under two years of age. Benzocaine products may cause a serious blood condition called methemoglobinemia (MetHb), which reduces the ability of red blood cells to deliver oxygen throughout the body. Over-the-counter (OTC) products that contain benzocaine are used in children...

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Talc and petroleum jelly among the best lubricants for people wearing PPE

  Researchers at Imperial College London found the best lubricants for frontline healthcare workers who are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic are those that do not absorb into the skin, creating a long-lasting layer of protection between skin and PPE. Non-absorptive creams such as coconut oil, cocoa butter, or beeswax mixtures,...

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Recall of certain hand sanitizers that contain technical-grade ethanol

Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain lots of the following hand sanitizer are being recalled from the market because they contain ethanol or denaturants that are not acceptable for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. Product Unacceptable Ingredient Recalling Company NPN or DIN Lot numbers Expiry Date Date Added Clean & Green Hand Sanitizer...

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Most parents aware of children’s sun-protection needs

Photo courtesy the American Academy of Dermatology Recently reported findings from a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) revealing encouraging news regarding the public attitude toward sun protection. The key finding is that more parents are reporting that protecting their children from the sun is important to them. AAD revealed that some 74% of...

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Unauthorized test kits claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 put your health at risk

Health Canada is warning Canadians not to buy home diagnostic test kits, including mail-in sample collection kits, claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 because they may provide inaccurate or false results. These products have not been authorized by Health Canada, which means they have not been reviewed for safety, quality or effectiveness. HMC

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Protect yourself and your family from poisonings: always read and follow the label directions when using hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of improperly using hand sanitizers, disinfectants, household cleaning products and bleaches, and reminding them to always read and follow the directions on product labels. Product labels for authorized hand sanitizers will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN). HMC 

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Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. These drugs should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

Health Canada is concerned that some people may be directly buying and using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19 without a prescription. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may cause serious side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems. The risk of these side effects may increase at higher doses, or if the drugs are used in...

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Fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirators may not protect consumers against COVID-19

Health Canada has received reports that fraudulent and uncertified N95 respirators that falsely claim to protect consumers against COVID-19 are being illegally sold to consumers online and in some stores. In Canada, N95 respirators are regulated by Health Canada as Class I medical devices and are manufactured or imported by companies that hold a Medical Device Establishment...

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Health Canada is temporarily authorizing the use of technical-grade ethanol in hand sanitizer products

 Health Canada has assessed the risks and benefits of hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol and has concluded that, when used as directed and for a short period, the public health benefit to limit the spread of COVID-19 outweighs the risks. Based on its risk assessment, Health Canada is taking action immediately to ensure the safety...