Unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks to Canadians seized from retailers in B.C. and Ontario

Starting date:
December 23, 2015
Type of communication:
Information Update
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products, Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-56428

OTTAWA - Health Canada is informing Canadians that five unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks were seized from retailers in B.C. and Ontario. The products were seized because they were labelled to contain prescription drugs, narcotic or found to contain a prescription drug that was not listed on the label. (See table below)

Drugs that contain prescription drug ingredients should only be taken under the supervision of a health professional because they are used to treat specific diseases, and may cause serious side effects.

Unauthorized drugs have not been approved by Health Canada which means that they have not been assessed for their safety, effectiveness and quality. As a result, they may contain ingredients not listed on the label, other additives and/or contaminated ingredients.

In addition, unauthorized drugs may lack the active ingredients Canadians would expect to help maintain and improve health or contain other ingredients that may interact with other medications and foods. For all of these reasons, these products could cause serious health effects.

What consumers should do:

What retailers should know:

  • Selling unauthorized drugs in Canada is illegal.
  • When unauthorized drugs that may pose serious risks to health are identified on the Canadian market, Health Canada takes appropriate action to prevent further distribution of the products and informs Canadians.
List of unauthorized drugs
Photo Product(s) Ingredient(s) Manufacturer/ Importer Retailer Action Taken
Mega Power - Front cover of product Mega Power Tadalafil (prescription drug - not listed on product label) K.S International ShopForYou
108-1610 Robson St.
Vancouver, B.C
Tested & seized at retail
Biseptol 480 - Package of product with front cover and blister packs Biseptol 480 Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim (prescription drug listed on product label) Unknown European Fine Food and Deli
11 Cundles Rd, Unit 2
Barrie, Ontario
Seized at retail
Naproxen Emo - Front cover of product package and tube of product Naproxen Emo Naproxen (prescription drug listed on product label) Unknown European Fine Food and Deli
11 Cundles Rd, Unit 2
Barrie, Ontario
Seized at retail
Oxycort - Front cover of product package and tube of product Oxycort Oxytetracycline Hydrocortisone (prescription drug listed on product label) Unknown European Fine Food and Deli
11 Cundles Rd, Unit 2
Barrie, Ontario
Seized at retail
Herba Pini Syrop - The front of the bottle with dosing cup Herba Pini Syrop Codeine (narcotic drug listed on the product label) Unknown European Fine Food and Deli,
11 Cundles Rd, Unit 2,
Barrie, Ontario
 
Wisla Bakery & Delicatessen
5980 Churchill Meadows Blvd, Unit 13
Mississauga, Ontario
Seized at retail

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