Feds reject three cannabis growers for every one accepted

TORONTO — Even as the number of legal cannabis growers has grown rapidly, the federal government has denied three licence applications for every one it has accepted. As of Feb. 1, Health Canada, which oversees the legal medical marijuana program, had granted 89 licences and rejected 268, according to data provided by Health Canada. The number of licensed producers (LPs)…

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Health Canada releases legal pot consultation results

OTTAWA — Legal marijuana will be sold in plain packages emblazoned with a yellow health warning and a red stop sign stamped with the silhouette of a pot leaf, according to draft regulations released Monday by Health Canada. The proposed rules will allow for packaging to depict a single brand element beyond a company’s name — either a logo or…

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Health Canada approves ‘Viagra for women’ pill

Canada has approved the first “Viagra for women” pill — and, to the alarm of some experts, loosened restrictions around alcohol that have contributed to the drug’s lacklustre sales in the United States. Health Canada says Addyi’s safety when mixed with booze was originally tested in a single study involving almost entirely men, and that a more recent women-only study…

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Remedy Essentials Foaming Cleanser Recall – Bacteria

Health Canada has announced a recall covering 2 lot numbers of Remedy Essentials Foaming Cleanser. The action was prompted by the discovery of bacterial contamination in the product. The cleanser comes in white 8-ounce plastic bottles. The affected lot codes are: M05703 M06691 You can find the codes by turning your bottles upside down, as this photo from Health Canada illustrates:…

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Barbecue brushes could be in for an overhaul

Statistics show they cause just 0.0015 per cent of all emergency department admissions but, for safety reasons, wire-bristle barbecue brushes used on grills across the country could be in for an overhaul. On Wednesday, commissioned by Health Canada, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) began the task of implementing a new minimum standard for the tools. The move follows cases that involved…

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Health Canada mandates warning sticker on all prescription opioids

TORONTO — Starting in October, all prescription opioids must carry a warning sticker about potential adverse effects and pharmacists will be required to provide information handouts to consumers about the potent narcotics, Health Canada announced Wednesday. It is the first time the federal government has issued regulations requiring a warning sticker and a patient handout for a medicine dispensed by…

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