Don't use certain oral laxative mineral
oil products in round white plastic bottles:
April 28, 2006
Health Canada is advising
consumers not to use several brands
of oral laxative mineral oil packaged in
round white plastic bottles. Recent information
suggests that the oil may cause the bottle
to degrade over time and may produce a
potential cancer-causing agent.
The affected products
are manufactured by R.W. Packaging of Winnipeg
and are sold under the brand names Pure
Standard Products, Regal, Encounter, Medicine
Centre, People's, People's First, Pharmachoice,
Pharmasave, Rexall, and Value Brand.
white round plastic bottles have "HDPE" stamped
on the bottom. The Drug Identification Numbers
(DINs) for these mineral oil products are
00167681 (regular) and 01935348 (heavy) and
can be found on the product label.
R.W. Packaging is recalling these products
as a precautionary measure.
The possible risk of developing a cancer-causing
agent is not present when the mineral oil
is packaged in glass bottles or in colourless
rectangular plastic bottles.
Although occasional use of these products
poses a very minimal health risk, consumers
who may have purchased these products are
advised not to use them and should consult
with a health care professional if they have
concerns about their health due to the use
of these products. Consumers should not discard
these products until they have received guidance
from their Municipal Government regarding
their safe disposal.
To report a suspected adverse reaction
with these or any other health product, please
contact the Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction
Monitoring Program (CADRMP) of Health Canada
by one of the following methods:
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Health Protection Building, Tunney's Pasture, AL 0701C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9