Children’s medication en route to Alberta, but pharmacies say shortage has passed – CBC

Still no Health Canada approval for selling Turkish supply of medication in pharmacies

Jan 18, 2023

A plane carrying 250,000 bottles of children’s pain and fever relief medication from Turkey should arrive in Edmonton today, destined for hospitals, according to the provincial government.

However, there’s still no word on when Health Canada will approve a cache of medication Alberta procured for sale in pharmacies, according to Steve Buick, the health minister’s press secretary.

“The final requirement for child-proof caps has been addressed and we are awaiting Health Canada approval of the remainder of the 4.75 million bottles” to sell in pharmacies, Buick said in an email Tuesday.

The premier announced in December the province was ordering five million bottles of children’s medicines from Atabay Pharmaceuticals in Turkey.

Buick said kids and families are waiting for the medications, and the province needs Health Canada to approve their use in pharmacies without further delay.

However, Edmonton pharmacies CBC News contacted this week had children’s formulations of both ibuprofen and acetaminophen in stock.

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