Health Canada Raises Concerns Over Licenced Products with Caffeine/Synephrine Combinations

November 10, 2015 By



November 10, 2015

As part of its ongoing post-licencing audit program, Health Canada has raised concerns with products that contain both caffeine and any ingredients that could possibly contain synephrine.

Synephrine-containing ingredients would include raw materials such as bitter orange and several other species of citrus.

Synephrine is a  known sympathomimetic (adrenergic) agent (stimulates the sympathetic nervous system). Health Canada has identified potential health risks associated with the use of products containing syneprhine and caffeine.  There are concerns that the use of synephrine/bitter orange alone, and in combination with caffeine, may be associated with elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular risks.

Section 16 Notices have been issued to licence holders with NHPs that have this combination of ingredients. Section 16 of the Natural Health Products Regulations contains provisions for Health Canada to withdraw your NPN and remove the product from the market if they have any safety concerns over the product when used as labelled.

If your company receives a Section 16 Notice, dicentra can help you to respond to Health Canada in a timely manner.

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