Pediatric Tylenol: simplified labeling is already possible, says Ottawa

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Tylenol pediatrics: simplified labeling is already possible, according to Ottawa

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Some drugs are scarce in pharmacies.

Suppliers of acetaminophen and ibuprofen for children already have all the means necessary to resort to simplified labeling if they want to, in order to resolve the impasse of the shortage of these pediatric drugs.

The Federal Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, made this clarification Friday in a press briefing while the Conservatives are calling for such relaxations.

“These emergency regulations are available and [manufacturers and suppliers] can access them when it is necessary for them. They know that. This includes some labeling flexibilities. »

— Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal Minister of Health

The latter underlined having spoken with several pharmaceutical companies in recent days and having recalled the x27;existence of these provisions.

The Minister made it clear that, even if the option of simplified labeling is taken, sufficient information must be provided in writing to Canadians in both official languages, namely in French and in English.

It can be sheets that are printed and given to families when people get the drugs, he said.

Earlier, Health Canada's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Supriya Sharma, also said the door was already open for the use of these emergency regulations.

“We have spoken to manufacturers about taking this avenue […] There are no obstacles from a point of view regulations to bring in these foreign products.

— Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor, Health Canada

Asked to comment on the fact that simplified labeling provisions have not yet been used, Minister Duclos replied that suppliers know what is most efficient and useful for them.

Mr. Duclos further claimed to have obtained assurances from manufacturers that increased production of pediatric acetaminophen and ibuprofen will continue to meet demand.

I asked to be very proactive and quick to let us know how we can support [them], he asserted.

The use of these children's products has been higher in recent months than is usual for this time of year, said the Minister.

Earlier this week, Conservative MP Michael Barrett, who is the Official Opposition Health Critic, asked the government to take a step he took at the start of the pandemic that allowed foreign language labeled inhalers to enter Canada.

He had given the #x27;example of a box that is in Spanish that wouldn't normally end up on shelves in the country. He had explained that it might now be possible to import it with instructions for healthcare professionals and temporary labeling or the ability for pharmacists to transfer from bottle to bottle. another, then label it in the pharmacy.

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