Products pose risk: Health Canada
OM Fusion products could cause deadly reactions
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.