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Consumers advised to stop using Akwaton International Multipurpose Wipes

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Health Canada is advising Canadians to stop using Akwaton International Multipurpose Wipes. These disinfectant wipes are labelled to contain polyhexamethylene guanidine hydrochloride (PHMG) at a concentration of 0.05% (500 ppm). This ingredient is used as a biocidal disinfectant, but it is not approved for use in Canada. It can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction, especially in vulnerable populations such as children.

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KN95 respirators recall

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Health Canada has determined that KN95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (“respirators”) which have failed to demonstrate a 95% filtration rate and are possibly being imported into Canada, pose a health and safety risk to users.

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Important safety information for certain respirator masks

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Health Canada is committed to ensuring that the medical devices available to Canadians meet the necessary safety and effectiveness standards. The Department has contactedcompanies that may be importing or distributing certain respirators, including KN95 respirators, that may not meet expected performance standards in Canada to request that they stop sale and relabel the products as face masks instead of respirators.

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Axid (nizatidine) drug recalled due to presence of NDMA

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The Pendopharm Division of Pharmascience Inc. is recalling two lots of Axid (nizatidine) from the Canadian market, as they contain a nitrosamine impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a probable human carcinogen, at the maximum acceptable limit. Axid is a prescription drug used to treat ulcers in the stomach and intestine, as well as heartburn.

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Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can have serious side effects. These drugs should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

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Ottawa – Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may cause serious side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems. The risk of these side effects may increase at higher doses, or if the drugs are used in combination with other drugs, such as the antibiotic azithromycin. Patients should use these drugs only under the supervision of a physician. Health Canada is concerned that some people may be directly buying and using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19 without a prescription.

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Health Canada is temporarily authorizing the use of technical-grade ethanol in hand sanitizer products: Always follow the label directions when using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

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OTTAWA – Proper hygiene and disinfection is essential during the COVID-19 outbreak to reduce the risk of infection. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds remains the most effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, that has been approved by Health Canada should be used.