Buying and using drug and health products safely

Health product availability, importation, counterfeiting, prescription drug disposal, off-label veterinary drug use, buying drugs online and antibiotic resistance.

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Importing drugs and health products for personal use

The policy for importing health products to Canada.

Safe disposal of prescription drugs

Disposal practices for expired and unused prescription medications, and their impact on the environment.

Counterfeit drugs

Identifying, accessing and managing health risks on counterfeit health products.

Buying drugs over the Internet

Risks of buying drugs online and how to tell if an Internet pharmacy is legally operated.

Drug shortages

Information on drug shortages, how they are addressed and the people involved in the drug supply chain.


Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance

Causes, impact, and which bacteria and illnesses are resistant to antibiotics.

Buying medical devices over the Internet

How to minimize your risk when buying medical devices online.

Non-prescription drug labels

Non-prescription drug labels that make information about your medicine easier to read, understand and locate on the package

Cannabis for medical purposes

Accessing cannabis for medical purposes and how to apply to be a licensed producer.

Medical procedures

Laser eye surgery, cosmetic injections, gastric banding surgery for weight loss and ear candling.

Drug and health products available in Canada

Find out about natural health products, human and veterinary drugs, medical devices and newly patented medicines. Also access drug and health product databases.

Non-prescription drug labels

Drug Facts table for non-prescription drugs

Off-label use (veterinary drugs)

The use or intended use of an approved drug in a manner not in accordance with the label or package insert.


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