Safety Alerts - 2012

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AGRIFLU and FLUAD - Health Canada Lifts the Suspension of Distribution of these Seasonal Flu Vaccine

November 5, 2012

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., in collaboration with Health Canada, would like to inform you that the review of the safety information for AGRIFLU and FLUAD is now complete and Health Canada has released the two seasonal flu vaccines for immediate use.

Contaminated Kleenex-brand Hand Sanitizer Poses Serious Risk for People with Weakened Immune Systems

June 28, 2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional Corporation is voluntarily recalling Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer due to microbial contamination. Product testing undertaken by the company detected bacteria that may pose serious health risks to people with weakened (compromised) immune systems, especially those with cystic fibrosis.

No causative link found between periodontal disease & heart disease

April 27, 2012

American Heart Assocation issues statement: No causative link found between periodontal disease & heart disease. The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs agrees with the AHA’s conclusions in the statement. Via ADA News.

Supplementary information: JCDA article: Separating Fact from Fiction: Use of High-Level Evidence from Research Syntheses to Identify Diseases and Disorders Associated with Periodontal Disease.

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Benzocaine products

April 10, 2012

Health Canada is informing Canadians that it has requested companies to add new risk statements to the packaging and labelling of licensed benzocaine products.

Recall of ???Spinbrush Pro Clean SONIC Recharge Toothbrushes???: May Overheat and Cause Fire, Burn

April 10, 2012

Health Canada is advising Canadians that Church & Dwight Canada has initiated a voluntary recall of its "Spinbrush Pro Clean SONIC Recharge Toothbrushes" distributed in Canada and the U.S. The company has advised Health Canada that the recall is due to the risks, including fire, shock or burns posed by the charging base overheating. Document Français

Triclosan

April 3, 2012

Government official's statement announcing review results indicate Canadians can safely use toothpaste, shampoo and soap containing triclosan.