OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2017 /CNW/ -
IssueHealth Canada is advising Canadians thatthe unauthorized health product "E-Fong XuDuan Concentrated Herb Tea" may pose serious health risks, including an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Health Canada laboratory testing found that the tea contains
Who is affected
What consumers should do
BackgroundMycophenolate is a prescription drug used after kidney, heart and liver transplants to help prevent organ rejection. It works by reducing or suppressing the body's immune response. The drug is associated with serious side effects, including an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects. It should not be used by pregnant women, or by women who may become pregnant unless they are using reliable methods of birth control. Sexually active men are recommended to use condoms if they are using the drug, and for at least 90 days after stopping use. This is because women may be exposed to the drug through semen, which could lead to birth defects. Although consuming trace amounts is unlikely to result in these side effects, it is not known what specific dose may cause these effects.
What Health Canada is doingHealth Canada seized the product from the two known importers— Hunsing Enterprise Ltd., located in Ontario, and Aidus International, located in British Columbia. Based on test results confirming the presence of mycophenolate, Health Canada requested that both importers recall the product. Health Canada will take further action as necessary to prevent the import and sale of this product in Canada.
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To learn more about natural health products and other self-care products, visit Canada.ca/selfcare-products.
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