Prod­ucts pose risk: Health Canada

OM Fu­sion prod­ucts could cause deadly re­ac­tions

Cape Breton Post - - HEALTHFOCUS -

OTTAWA (CP) — Con­sumers should avoid us­ing unau­tho­rized health prod­ucts sold un­der the OM Fu­sion Dis­trib­u­tors LLC la­bel be­cause the prod­ucts may cause life-threat­en­ing re­ac­tions, Health Canada warned Fri­day.

Cana­di­ans who have pur­chased or used th­ese prod­ucts, which bear the OM Fu­sion la­bel, are ad­vised to im­me­di­ately con­sult a health-care prac­ti­tioner and to mon­i­tor Health Canada’s web­site ( http://www.hcsc.gc.ca/in­dex-eng.php) for ad­di­tional up­dates.

Packaging for the fol­low­ing seven unau­tho­rized prod­ucts list cer­tain in­gre­di­ents that are drugs, in­clud­ing an­tibi­otics, which should only be sold by pre­scrip­tion and used un­der su­per­vi­sion of a health-care pro­fes­sional: — Adel­phane Esidrex — An­ti­he­mor­roi Oint­ment — Ery­thromycin — Ftoro­cort — Levomycetin — Pred­nisolonum — Zdorovye Each of th­ese prod­ucts has the same iden­ti­fy­ing im­age on its la­bel: “OM Fu­sion Dis­trib­u­tors LLC” on a white sticker placed on top of the stan­dard man­u­fac­turer packaging.

Health Canada said the la­bels falsely rep­re­sent the drugs as nat­u­ral health prod­ucts, such as skin-care cream and di­etary sup­ple­ments.

The prod­ucts were sold in Canada with packaging la­belled only in the Rus­sian, Ukrainian and Kazakh lan­guages, without English or French.

Con­sumers are re­minded that health prod­ucts au­tho­rized for sale in Canada will have an eight­digit Drug Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (DIN), a Nat­u­ral Prod­uct Num­ber (NPN) or a Home­o­pathic Medicine Num­ber (DIN-HM) on the la­bel. Th­ese num­bers in­di­cate the prod­ucts have been as­sessed by Health Canada for safety, ef­fec­tive­ness and qual­ity.

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