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Canadian OTC drug scheduling by pharmacy association cmte. to be final in July.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

CANADIAN OTC HARMONIZATION PROCESS TO MOVE FORWARD IN JULY with Health Canada's upcoming publication of a regulation in the Canadian Gazette, Part II. Under the reg, the Canadian drug regulatory authority will no longer play a role in determining whether a nonprescription drug will be available behind the pharmacy counter and dispensed by a pharmacist (schedule II), pharmacy-sale (schedule III) or free-sale (unscheduled). Drug scheduling authority will devolve to the independent National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities Nonprescription Drugs Scheduling Advisory Committee (NDSAC). Schedule I is reserved for prescription drugs.

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