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Are you taking a natural health product?

There is a growing trend in North America toward alternatives such as vitamins, mineral supplements, Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine and herbal products. Until recently, those options were not uniformly controlled for safety or efficacy in Canada. However, in January, Health Canada issued the Natural Health Products Regulations, which will be phased in over the next six years. The regulations set out standards in the preparation, manufacture, marketing and labelling of natural health products. In Canada, to make sure you're getting government-approved products, look for a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number-Homeopathic Medicine (DIN-HM). Labels will include recommended uses, dosage, and side effects and risks, among other entries. For more information, log on to Health Canada's website (, click on Health Protection at the top of the page and then on Natural Health Products on the lower, left-hand screen. Any suspected adverse reaction to natural products (or to drugs) can be reported to the Regional Adverse Drug Reaction Centre ( or toll free at 1-866-234-2345.

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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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