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Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply)

| Health Canada | backgrounders

The Interim Order Respecting Drug Shortages (Safeguarding the Drug Supply) puts in place a framework to provide the Minister of Health with tools to help prevent or alleviate drug shortages, or the risk of drug shortages, that may be caused or exacerbated by the distribution of drugs intended for the Canadian market for consumption outside Canada.


Canada announces new measures to prevent drug shortages

| Health Canada | news releases

Starting November 27, certain drugs intended for the Canadian market are prohibited from being distributed for consumption outside of Canada if that sale would cause or worsen a drug shortage. Companies will now also be required to provide information to assess existing or potential shortages, when requested, and within 24 hours if there is a serious or imminent health risk.


Backgrounder: Supporting people living with chronic pain

| Health Canada | backgrounders

Nearly $3.5 million in funding for three chronic pain projects is being provided to improve the health outcomes of people who are seeking care to prevent or manage pain, substance use, or a related disability. Funding is provided through the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), which supports evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across a range of interventions—health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment—targeting a broad range of legal and illegal substances.


Government of Canada takes action to support people living with chronic pain

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, as Canada marks National Pain Awareness Week, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the release of the Canadian Pain Task Force’s second report. The Minister also confirmed nearly $3.5 million in funding for three projects that will help provide support and access to care for people living with chronic pain.


Combating unauthorized and counterfeit goods during the COVID-19 pandemic: the CBSA, Health Canada and RCMP announce the results of Project Purify  

| Canada Border Services Agency Royal Canadian Mounted Police Health Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada continues to take action to prevent the importation of unauthorized or illegal health products at border crossings across Canada. On November 5, 2020, the CBSA, Health Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced the results of a Government of Canada initiative to combat unauthorized or counterfeit goods attempting to enter Canada through British Columbia.


COVID Alert app updated to send more precise notifications

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government, announced that the COVID Alert app has been updated to send notifications based on a more precise timeline. With this update, users who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have entered a one-time key from their respective public health authority will now have the option to enter the date of their symptom onset or their testing date. This will provide a better estimation of the period when they may have been most infectious to others.


Government of Canada highlights support for safer drug supply project in Ottawa 

| Health Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable, Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, highlighted federal funding of $1.4 million over 10 months for a safer supply project for people at risk of overdose during the COVID-19 outbreak in Ottawa.


Government of Canada to highlight funding to respond to the opioid crisis 

| Health Canada | media advisories

The Honourable Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier and Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, will highlight Government of Canada funding to support a safer supply project in Ottawa.


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