Drugs and medical devices

Drug products, antibiotics, vaccine safety, side effects and safe use and disposal of medication.

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Drug product database

Product information on human pharmaceutical and biological drugs, veterinary drugs and disinfectant products.

Drug and health product register

Drug product and medical devices use, safety and commonly reported problems.

Medical device active licence listing

List of medical devices that have an active licence.

Using medications safely

Risks of prescription and non-prescription medications, how to reduce risks, and about storage and disposal.

Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance

Causes and impact of antibiotic resistance, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and illnesses, and helpful resources.


About acetaminophen, which kinds of products it is used in, and the related health risks of its use.

Misconceptions about vaccine safety

About immunization and its importance for preventing vaccine-preventable diseases.

The use of health products for weight loss

Risks of using prescription drugs and natural health products for weight loss.

Antidepressant drugs

Depression symptoms, how antidepressants work, side effects and talking to your doctor about using your medicine safely.

Acne treatments

Medications for acne treatment, associated health risks and how to minimize your risk for negative side effects.


How warfarin interacts with drug, natural health and food products, and how to minimize your risk of a negative reaction.

Menstrual tampons

Health risks of tampon use, including toxic shock syndrome, and how to minimize these risks.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

How to choose, properly maintain and store an automated external defibrillator, and information on cardiac arrest.

Hospital bed safety

The risks of bedrails at home, in hospitals and nursing homes, and how to prevent bed entrapment.

Breast implants

About breast implants and the risks involved with the related surgery.


Risks of cryotherapy and what we're doing to protect your health and safety.

Children and medication

On medications for children, including acetaminophen, what to avoid and questions to ask your doctor.

Special Access to Drugs and Health Products

The Special Access Programme (SAP) allows doctors to gain access to non-marketed drugs and medical devices that have not yet been approved for sale in Canada.

Medical Devices

Products like pacemakers, hip implants and contraceptive devices used in the treatment, mitigation, diagnosis or prevention of a disease or abnormal physical condition

Pulse oximeters

The benefits and fallbacks of pulse oximeters to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels


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