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Companies claim Canada's cannabis edibles legislation problematic

Although cannabis infused edibles are not yet legal in Canada, they are still available illicitly. The black market for edibles could continue to flourish as businesses complain of complicated government regulation slowing the rollout of legal edibles.

Pot firms' sponsorship of kids charity event being investigated

Health Canada is looking into whether two cannabis companies’ sponsorship of a children’s charity event last October is in violation of promotion restrictions within the Cannabis Act.

Canada cuts Cuba embassy staff in half after another illness

Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said.

Cannabis producer recalls one brand of pot after mold reported

A Canadian cannabis producer is recalling thousands of grams of its product from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) after several customers complained about mold.

`Unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments across Canada

Dr. Leigh Turner, a Canadian citizen, and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics surveyed the marketing claims made by unlicensed clinics across Canada offering stem cell treatments.

Health Canada announces federal cannabis regulations

Ottawa - Health Canada released regulations on Wednesday afternoon that support the Cannabis Act, which will come into effect on October 17.

Proposed marijuana packaging rules threaten choice and safety

Health Canada came out with its proposed branding restrictions for marijuana on Tuesday. But executives and analysts are warning the restrictions are far greater than those for cigarette packaging and the government is risking a “policy fail.”

Aurora Cannabis signs deal to supply Shoppers Drug Mart

Edmonton - Aurora Cannabis Inc announced on Tuesday the Company has entered into an agreement to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart,

Popular sunscreen being tested in Canada as complaints mount

Vancouver - Health Canada has received several complaints from parents whose children sustained painful burns after using Banana Boat sunscreens. The health agency has opened an investigation and is doing its own testing on the product.

Health Canada warns of critical shortage of recalled drug

A recall due to possible contamination has resulted in a severe shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate. Less than a week's supply of the drug used to treat critically ill patients remains in Alberta and other options are being examined.

Health Canada proposes ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Health Canada is considering a ban on Imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide used in agriculture, on trees, and turf because studies show it is seeping into Canadian waterways at levels that are harmful to insects and the ecosystem.

Naloxone nasal spray given fast-track approval in Canada

Canada's Minister of Health signed an interim order on Wednesday that allows immediate access to Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray. The drug is made by Adapt Pharma, and can be imported from the U.S. and sold in Canada.

Health Canada issues alert over pediatric and children's Advil

Health Canada issued an alert on February 12 advising Canadians that Pfizer Consumer Healthcare has initiated a voluntary recall of 126 lots of Advil liquid products for infants and children because of a “potential risk of inconsistencies in dosing."

Health officer wants 'dangerous' homeopathic vaccines off market

Some medical officials in Canada called for an outright ban on homeopathic nosodes Tuesday, saying they are ineffective and not an alternative to vaccines. The chief public health officer of Nova Scotia called them "dangerous."

Expert charges Health Canada is on the side of the drug companies

The scandal surrounding Health Canada’s failure to prevent the pharmaceutical company Apotex from distributing medications made with suspected faulty ingredients raises questions about just where the regulator’s loyalties lie, writes the Toronto Star.

Op-Ed: Health Canada under fire for serious public health risk issues

Toronto - The Toronto Star has exposed major failures related to Health Canada’s conduct of its operations. A pattern of dysfunction, including "useless" information, a culture of hiding serious drug defects, and a lot more is emerging, and it's a sick picture.

Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.

Health Canada has company recall batch of medical marijuana

An inspection of Greenleaf Medicinals of British Columbia by Health Canada has resulted in the medical marijuana supplier voluntarily recalling its Purple Kush (Batch PK-10-20-13)) shipment of pot. The recall went into effect April 18.

Weight-loss pills with potential grave side effects seized

Weight-loss pills with potentially dangerous side-effects that include cancer have been seized from a store in Canada. Health Canada took the action this week, removing L-Showm Weight Loss Pills from a store in Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver.

Marijuana reformers in Canadian province going up in smoke

Vancouver - Thousands of marijuana activists in the Canadian province of B.C. are trying to change how the drug is policed there. But the petition 'Sensible B.C.' canvassers are gathering appears unlikely to gain enough signatures to get the job done.

MediJean: Canada needs an intelligent debate on medical marijuana Special

Canadians deserve a smart conversation about medical marijuana's future, says Anton Mattadeen of bio-pharma company MediJean. The company launched an online national debate on medical marijuana where Canadians coast-to-coast can participate.

Cancer drug Avastin linked to 52 cases of flesh-eating disease

Patients seeking cancer treatment are being cautioned of an unusual side-effect associated with the cancer drug known as Avastin.

Cough mixture recalled due to defective ‘child proof’ caps

Cough mixtures distributed in Canada have been recalled by the manufacturer due to the child proof cap proving to be defective. The risk is that a young child could open the medicine bottle.

Home HIV tests not approved in Canada

Health Canada is letting the public know that home-use HIV test kits being sold by CuraHerbDistributor are unlicensed. The brand has not been evaluated by Health Canada for safety and effectiveness.

Op-Ed: Is the water your drinking & bathing in safe?

Fracking is high-volume hydraulic fracturing to access deep shale formations. It requires millions of gallons of fresh water and the use of undisclosed chemicals, then it is pumped back into the water table resulting in undrinkable water & unusable land.

Medical marijuana growing licences may be revoked in Canada

Ottawa - The right to grow marijuana in Canada to help chronic pain suffers may be taken away. Health Canada said last week the program is hard to police and the agency seeks to replace it with a system of mailing the drug to users.

Canadian government to make key bath salts ingredient illegal

Ottawa - The Canadian federal government is moving to make methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a key ingredient in the so-called bath salts drug, illegal, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday at a news conference.

Op-Ed: Health Canada's cigarette warnings and zombies

Health Canada has made sure that those who smoke have large warnings on their cigarette packages of the dangers associated with tobacco use. One of those images has a woman that looks like a zombie.

B.C. girl, 7, may have overdosed on date rape drug

Langley - The RCMP in Langley are investigating whether the little girl mistakenly drank the drug GHB, commonly known as the date rape drug, from a water bottle in her mother's home.

Forced OxyContin removal in Canada makes mass-crisis imminent

Forcing Oxycontin off pharmacy shelves will force in a public health disaster that authorities may not be prepared to handle, addiction experts warn.
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