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Health Canada suspends Winnipeg-based online pharmacy's licence

A Winnipeg-based online pharmacy has had its establishment licence suspended by Health Canada.

Canadadrugs.com is currently not permitted to sell wholesale drug products thanks to what Health Canada is calling "significant concerns" with its manufacturing practices. The concerns were discovered during an inspection of the internet pharmacy’s wholesale activities.

Health Canada issued a statement on the matter this morning.

Health Canada says "the suspension of the establishment licence means Canadadrugs.com is not permitted to wholesale drugs to retail pharmacies, other distributors or wholesalers until these concerns are fully addressed and the establishment licence is reinstated."

According to the federal health agency, good manufacturing practices "ensure that drugs are consistently produced and controlled in such a way to meet the quality standards appropriate to their intended use."

Companies that receive and maintain an establishment licence must comply with the good manufacturing practices as part of the food and drug regulations.

Though its wholesale capabilities have been suspended, Canadadrugs.com is still allowed to sell authorized pharmaceuticals on a direct-to-consumer basis via the internet. The online business is separately licensed as a pharmacy by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

In Canada, provinces are responsible for regulating the practice of pharmacy through their colleges or registrars of physicians and/or pharmacists.

In the release, Heath Canada indicated that it has notified the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba relating to its inspection findings at Canadadrugs.com and subsequent licence suspension.

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