Health Canada is warning consumers about unauthorized health products, including eye drops, an eyewash and an acne gel, being sold at two stores in Metro Vancouver.
The agency says the retailers, Pinky Flow and EJ Beauty, in Burnaby and Richmond are selling health products which contain prescription drugs.
“Prescription drugs should be taken only under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional because they are used to treat specific diseases and may cause serious side effects,” the agency said, in the warning posted Tuesday.
The products include Dalacin T Gel anti-bacterial gel for acne, and Sante FX Neo eye drops, Kobayashi Aibon/Eyebon Eyewash, Sante FX V+ eye drops, and Sante PC eye drops.
Earlier this year, Health Canada seized the Kobayashi eyewash from another Richmond retailer Tokyo Beauty and Health Care.
Health Canada says they may contain ingredients, additives or contaminated ingredients not listed on the label, and may lack the active ingredients needed to improve health.
Some of the unauthorized health products are packaged and labelled in Japanese characters. As a result, information about ingredients, usage, dosage and side effects may not be understood by all consumers, the agency said.
The agency advises consumers to stop using these products and report any adverse health product-related reactions or complaints to Health Canada.
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