Health Hazard Warning
Do not to use White Peony Scar-repairing
pills: Health Canada
February 1, 2006
Health Canada is warning consumers
not to use the Chinese medicinal product
White Peony Scar-repairing pills, manufactured
in Hong Kong by White Peony Pharmaceuticals
Limited, due to high levels of lead.
A batch has been recalled by the Hong
Kong Department of Health. This product
is not authorized for sale in Canada.
Adults taking this product at the dosage
recommended on the label could receive
14 times the daily upper limit for lead
recommended by Health Canada. In children,
if the product is given at the same dosage
as the one recommended for adults, the
lead intake could be 32 to 133 times higher
than the acceptable daily limit.
poses a particular health risk because
it may accumulate in vital organs. Signs
of poisoning include dullness, restlessness,
irritability, poor attention span, headaches,
muscle tremor, hallucinations and loss
of memory. Lead poisoning can cause weight
loss, insomnia, dizziness, anemia, swelling
of the brain and paralysis.
Children are particularly sensitive to
the toxic effects of lead on the brain.
Brain and kidney damage due to lead poisoning
has occurred in adults and children, and
death from lead poisoning has been reported
White Peony Scar-repairing pills have
not been found in the Canadian marketplace.
However, the product may have entered into
Canada through personal importation or
other means. Appropriate actions, including
a Customs watch, have been taken to address
There have been no reports to date in
Canada of adverse events associated with
Consumers currently using White Peony
Scar-repairing pills should stop taking
the product immediately. Current and former
users who are concerned about their health
should consult a health care professional
To report a suspected
adverse reaction, health professionals and
consumers may contact the Canadian
Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program (CADRMP)
of Health Canada by phone, toll free 1-866-234-2345,
by fax 1-866-678-6789 or via email at: email@example.com.