Health Canada

Canada Needs More Transparency in Pharmaceutical Regulation

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the systems for drug safety already in place in Canada. Yet there's room for significant improvement. Canadians deserve safe, effective, accessible and reliable pharmaceutical drugs when they need them. The only way to do this is through perpetually improved systems framed by transparency and openness.

Sunny Freeman

Police Not Impressed With Health Canada's Medical Pot Enforcement | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business

Health Canada was flooded with hundreds of letters from police and other officials questioning the department’s oversight of Canada’s medical mari...

So-Called Botox Seized From Vancouver Nail Bar

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Health Canada says the owner of Art Nails Ltd., claimed the product was Botox and that it had been administered to customers.

Breast Milk Newest Beverage Choice For B.C. Fitness Buffs

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

But Health Canada warns against obtaining breast milk from sources other than authorized milk banks.

Ambrose: I'd End Medical Pot Grow-Ops If I Could

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Business

EDMONTON - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says her hands are tied right now over the growing trend of home-based marijuana grow ops because the ...

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.

How Health Canada Failed to Uphold Its Own Pharmaceutical Ad Standards

Barbara Mintzes | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Barbara Mintzes

Although advertising of prescription medicines to the public is generally banned in Canada on public health grounds, shifts in administrative policy have allowed two types of ads since late 2000: "reminder" ads that mention a brand name, but make no health claims; and "help-seeking" ads that mention a condition, but do not state a brand or company name. We have identified six main weaknesses in how Health Canada regulates this advertising.

This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol (-Based Sanitizer)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

Stop Making Your Weed Look So Good, Health Canada Tells Producers

CP | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Health Canada has ordered the country's medical marijuana growers to stop advertising their products with treatment claims and promotional i...

Invite Friends, Not Microbial Menaces, to Your Holiday Party

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the fall and hello to winter, our thoughts turn to the season known as the holidays. We will undoubtedly hear of and be invited to a number of work parties, family gatherings, and social soirees. But while these moments may lead to our hearts being comforted, for many this season, another sensation may occur: gastrointestinal upset.

Health Canada Sued After Denying Medical Marijuana Licence

CBC | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Business

Health Canada’s troubled medical-marijuana program is again under fire, with the launch of the first court challenge by a company denied a governmen...

How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.

How Oxygen Can Be Used to Clear the Air

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Based on studies dating back almost 40 years pathogens can become airborne in almost every environment. Once there, they can spread to unsuspecting victims leaving them vulnerable to illness.

Doctors Shouldn't Charge Extra To Write Out a Prescription

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Current media reports have highlighted that doctors can legally demand a fee to fill out this form because it is not an insured service. But really, the difference between the medical document and a prescription is clearly one of semantics. By paying hundreds of dollars to have doctors fill out medical documents, we are inadvertently reinforcing the stigma surrounding cannabis for medical purposes -- the idea that there is something "illegitimate" about cannabis' therapeutic potential and the patients who use it.

Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.

Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.

B.C. Medical Marijuana Company Implodes On Twitter

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

This week, MediJean CEO Jean Chiasson began tweet-attacking his business partners, accusing their breeder of theft, and threatening to sue Health Canada and the RCMP. The next day he deleted all of those tweets and claimed his account had been hacked, even as he confirmed the posts' basic accuracy.

Medical Pot Applications 'A Pressure-Cooker Ready To Blow'

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called "greenrush" continues to over...

Another Medical Pot Company Ready To Go Public

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Business

Bedrocan is set to become Canada’s latest publicly traded medical marijuana company, with plans to list on Toronto’s junior stock exchange Monday....

Anti-Pot Campaign Isn't About Trudeau: Health Minister

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Health Minister Rona Ambrose denies the federal government's marijuana awareness campaign is aimed at Justin Trudeau."Telling kids to not smo...

Canada's Doctors Decline Anti-Marijuana Campaign

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics

The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting yo...

Mouldy Weed Subject Of Latest Health Canada Recall

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Business

A mouldy batch of White Widow pot is the target of the latest medical marijuana recall by Health Canada. Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. is volun...

Please Don't Hyper-Sexualize Women To Market Cannabis

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

With all the rapid change around medical cannabis and talk about legalization efforts, it's important to note that these changes are not without challenge: women's disproportionate responsibility for dependent children intensifies the risk associated with smoking cannabis and being known as a cannabis user.

Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

When it comes to the introduction of foreign deadly diseases, Canada need not worry. Due to the experience of one unexpected surprise, the SARS outbreak of 2003, and the resultant Commission that followed, Canada went from being unprepared to ready for anything.

VIDEO: Baby Led Weaning Is Why My Kids Are Great Eaters

Andree Lau | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

Starting baby on solids is a big deal. We're worried about them choking, not eating enough, not getting enough nutrients... Babies can feel our stress. And no one eats well when they're stressed. So just sit back and let your brilliant baby do his/her thing.