Some antibiotic products containing amoxicillin in short supply, Health Canada says – National |

Some products containing a commonly used antibiotic are in short supply, according to Health Canada. The regulator told Global News on Friday that four companies — Sanis Health Inc., Apotex Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Inc. and Teva Canada Limited — are reporting shortages of drug products containing amoxicillin. There are still eight other companies that market amoxicillin … Read more

Rapid response needed to address spike in heart disease cases linked to COVID-19: expert – National |

A Canadian heart researcher says a rapid response is needed to address the surge in cardiovascular cases linked to COVID-19 following recent studies that show the virus can increase a person’s risk of developing heart problems. “This is not new…. We’ve known about it for a long time that the risk is there … and … Read more

Health Canada approves Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine – National |

Health Canada has authorized Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for those 18 years old and older after approving Pfizer’s in October. Moderna’s booster will also target the Omicron BA.4 and BA.4 subvariants of COVID-19. Health Canada deemed the “Spikevax” booster “safe and effective” after a “thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence.” “Clinical trial … Read more

Dry shampoo recall: More than 100 injuries reported in Canada so far – National |

Health Canada has received more than 100 reports of injuries related to dry shampoo products that were recalled last month due to the detection of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. Unilever and Health Canada announced the recall on Oct. 18, which included more than 1.5 million units of dry shampoo products manufactured by Dove, Bed Head … Read more

Canada’s health system isn’t ready for diseases caused by climate change: doctors – National |

Montreal family doctor Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers sees climate change as an all-encompassing “risk amplifier.” She says it raises the potential for hazard across the board, from threatening the most basic health determinants, such as air quality and access to food and water, to exacerbating seasonal allergies and tick-borne Lyme disease. Petrin-Desrosiers, president of the Quebec chapter … Read more

Are COVID rapid tests still reliable with new sub-variants on the rise? What experts say – National |

As new COVID-19 sub-variants move across Canada, experts say rapid tests can still be considered an adequate tool to detect the virus – even if they are not perfect all the time. “These tiny, tiny changes in sub-variants matter a lot in terms of the biological activity of the virus and its ability to escape our … Read more

Over 1.5M dry shampoo products recalled in Canada over cancer risk – National |

Thousands of Unilever hair products have been recalled across Canada due to the detection of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. Health Canada issued the recall Tuesday for more than 1.5 million dry shampoo products manufactured by Dove, Bed Head and Tresemmé that were sold in the country between January 2020 and October 2022 So far, no … Read more

Canada still facing shortage of kid’s pain medications. What options do parents have? – National |

There are growing concerns about an ongoing nationwide shortage of pain medications for children in Canada, as the annual flu season and a potential wave of COVID-19 loom. Since the summer, infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products have been in limited supply in retail outlets, pharmacies and hospitals across Canada. Read more: Children’s pain … Read more

Caution should be on the table this Thanksgiving as new COVID variants swirl: experts – National |

With Thanksgiving around the corner, health experts are advising Canadians to exercise caution as new variants of the COVID-19 virus swirl across the country. “This is a different Thanksgiving than the past few,” Colin Furness, infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, told Global News. Read more: COVID-19 … Read more

Manufactures working at ‘double or triple’ speed to replenish kids’ pain meds: Health Canada – National |

Health Canada says some manufacturers of kids’ pain and fever medications are now operating “at double or triple their normal volumes” in an effort to address a months-long shortage. Chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma said in a press briefing Friday the government is working with the industry to address the supply crunch ahead of flu season. A … Read more