Drug Recalls by Health Canada

Health Advisories

Health Canada has completed a safety review confirming that the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib —starting from approximately 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, may cause rare but serious kidney problems in an unborn baby. This can lead to low levels of amniotic fluid and possible complications, such as impaired lung maturation and loss of joint movement (limb contractures) in the newborn baby.
Many websites that sell health products are lawful businesses, but some sell health products that pose serious health risks. As part of Operation Pangea XIV- an international effort to disrupt the online sale of counterfeit and other illegal health products around the world-Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the dangers of buying unauthorized health products online.
Health Canada warns of Xing da Toy magnet sets that pose serious and potentially life-threatening risks
Health Canada is warning Canadians of the serious danger posed by two magnet sets, Xing da Toy Circular Magnets and Xing da Toy Oval Magnets sold in Canada. These sets contain small, powerful magnets that can be easily swallowed by children of all ages resulting in potentially serious adverse effects on their health. When more than one powerful magnet is swallowed in a short period of time, the magnets can attract one another while moving through the intestines. This can cause the intestines to twist, creating blockages or tearing of the intestinal walls. The results of swallowing small, powerful magnets can be very serious and life-threatening. Swallowing incidents have often resulted in considerable damage to the gastrointestinal tissues and required emergency surgical treatment. For survivors, there can be long-term health consequences.