Health Canada has released Plain Language Labelling (PLL) Regulations which provide guidelines for making prescription and non-prescription labels easier to read and understand in order to improve the safe use by consumers.
The regulation specifies the following:
- Standardized drug facts tables on the outer labels of non-prescription drugs, similar to the nutrition facts tables on food products
- Recommended dosage and contact information for where to call if someone has questions or adverse reactions to a medication
The new regulation shall enter into force on June 13, 2017 for new products while existing products will have until June 30, 2021 to comply.