Health Canada’s plain language labeling rules will begin to come into force as early as this month. The first step in the process is for Health Canada to review mock-ups of labels and packages of prescription drugs provided by manufacturers.

The manufacturers will also have to provide evidence that proposed brand names will not be confused with previously approved brand names.

The provisions also apply to drugs that are administered or obtained through a health professional. Similar requirements for non-prescription drugs will come into effect in 2017.


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