Imports of Tylenol for children are different from what Canadians are used to. Here’s what we know – National

Imports of Tylenol oral suspension for children from the United States show some differences compared to the Canadian equivalent, Tylenol’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson Inc., said in an email to Global News Wednesday.

Health Canada confirmed on Nov. 18 that imported pain and fever products for children will be available in pharmacies this week as the country faces a nationwide shortage of acetaminophen and ibuprofen for children.

However, Tylenol for imported children is slightly different from their Canadian counterparts, Tylenol explained in a stock update.

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The differences include, but are not limited to, non-medicinal ingredients; Labeling in English only as opposed to bilingual labeling on Canadian packaging; a difference in product size; and some differences in warnings and precautions.

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According to Health Canada, non-medicinal ingredients are substances added to a drug formulation to give the medicinal ingredients an appropriate consistency or shape.

Although non-medicated ingredients do not negatively affect the safety or effectiveness of the drug, they may cause allergies in some patients.

Imported children’s Tylenol from the US also has a larger product size of 120 milliliters, compared to Canadian products that are 100 milliliters in size.


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More than 1 million bottles of pain and fever medication for children are expected to be imported into Canada for hospitals, community pharmacies and retail stores by this week, according to Health Canada.

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“This will supplement Canadian supply production, which is at an all-time high, with some companies producing about 100 percent more than at the same time in 2021,” reads a statement on the agency’s website, updated Monday.

Imports of Advil for children from the US were approved for hospitals in October, while Tylenol for children was approved for retail this month.

While no baby products are currently imported for retail, Canada has approved Tylenol for babies from one month to two years old, imported from Australia for hospitals.

Parents and carers are advised to check with their GP or pediatrician for dosing in infants under four months of age, as a baby’s weight changes quickly and dosing is best determined by weight, according to the website of Tylenol.

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Imports of Tylenol for children are different from what Canadians are used to. Here’s what we know – National

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