• New Canadian Regulations Would Dramatically Expand Prescribing Authority

    Canada has moved one step closer to allowing nurse practitioners, midwives and podiatrists to prescribe some medications authorized by Health Canada, potentially changing how millions of Canadians obtain their medications. Under proposed new regulations announced by Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq on 13 May, parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act would be re-interpreted to expand the number of authorities allowed to prescribe legal controlled substa...
  • Canada Accelerating Process by Which Drugs Undergo Prescription-to-OTC Switch

    Health Canada plans to get rid of its Schedule F drug regulations which govern which drugs may be sold over-the-counter (OTC) and which require a physician's prescription to purchase. The change is due to the onerous process by which drugs are added and removed to the schedule, which Health Canada said can take upwards of 20 months, even after regulators have determined the product is safe for consumers to purchase and use on their own. The delay, caused because a regul...