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Canada Trims Red Tape Around OTC Switches As Part Of Agency Cuts

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The process of switching drugs Rx-to-OTC will be streamlined as part of the government’s budget cuts. Health Canada, which must save $200 million annually by fiscal year 2014-15, also is tweaking its regulation of natural health products.

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In Brief

Canada shifts energy drinks, possibly other NHPs to foods; Consumer Reports takes on fish oil; OTC diabetic products lift Hi-Tech sales; MJN restructures management and LipiGesic M sold at CVS, Walgreens

Canada Natural Health Product Reg Chips Away At Application Backlog

Canada's temporary regulations promulgated in 2010 to help reduce the backlog of natural health product applications are effective so far, a Canadian food and drug attorney says.

Canadian Rx-to-OTC Approval Process Could Be Smoother, GSK Exec Says

Canada's Rx-to-OTC switch process should be streamlined and made more industry-friendly, according to GlaxoSmithKline regulatory executive Jennifer Denomme

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