Health Canada is advising Canadians about the potential health risks associated with unauthorized cell therapy treatments such as stem cell therapy

OTTAWA – Health Canada is advising Canadians that some clinics and health care practitioners are offering unauthorized cell therapies, such as stem cell therapy, suggesting that these treatments are safe, and are making unproven health claims to patients. These actions may pose risks to Canadians. Unauthorized treatments have not been proven to be safe or effective and may cause life threatening or life altering risks, such as serious infections. That is why Health Canada published a position paper to clarify the regulatory status of these products.

Health Canada will be updating its safety review of breast implants

OTTAWA – Health Canada will be updating its safety review of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) following an increase in reports of Canadian cases. As of January 1, 2019, Health Canada has received reports of 22 confirmed and 22 suspected Canadian cases of BIA-ALCL. In its initial safety review in 2017, Health Canada found that the rate of BIA-ALCL cases was low, with 5 confirmed Canadian cases of BIA-ALCL reported by Canadian manufacturers in the last 10 years. Increased awareness by healthcare professionals and the public about BIA-ALCL is believed to be the largest contributing factor to the increased reporting of cases of BIA-ALCL to Health Canada.