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OTTAWA, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ -
Health Canada has requested a stop sale and recall of the product
"Thyroid Gland" (NPN 80044198). The action has been taken because the
product contains the prescription drug ingredient thyroid. Products
containing thyroid hormone should be used with caution in diabetics,
the elderly and patients with high blood pressure.
While the product was authorized as a Natural Health Product by Health
Canada, products that contain prescription drug ingredients are subject
to different regulatory requirements and review practices than natural
health products in assessing their safety, quality and efficacy.
Therefore authorization of "Thyroid Gland" as a Natural Health Product
has been rescinded.
Who is affected:
Canadians who have used or purchased Life Choice Ltd.'s product,
What consumers should do:
Speak to your healthcare practitioner about any questions or concerns
regarding this product.
Report any adverse events using this product to Health Canada.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada has requested that the authorization holder, Life Choice
Ltd., recall "Thyroid" Gland and refrain from selling it on its website
or elsewhere. As of today, the recall and stop-sale has not been
initiated by Life Choice.
There are risks with taking this health product - as it contains a
prescription drug ingredient - without supervision by a healthcare
"Thyroid Gland" contains hormones commonly used to treat decreased or
absent thyroid function, called hypothyroidism. Products containing
thyroid hormone should be used with caution in patients also using
medication to treat diabetes and blood-clotting. There is also a risk
to patients with cardiac conditions such as angina pectoris, high blood
pressure and in the elderly as they have a greater likelihood of heart
Health Canada has not received any reports of adverse reactions
associated with the use of this product.
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report side effects of health products to Health Canada:
Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and
product recalls using social media tools.
SOURCE Health Canada
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