Consumers may be harmed when they do not understand the non-prescription drugs and natural health products they take;
In 2016, 1 in 143 Canadian seniors was hospitalized due to harmful effects of medication;
Without benefit of recommendation and guidance from healthcare providers, it is important that consumers receive clear and consistent information on non-prescription drugs and natural health products prior to purchase; and
Plain Language Labelling improves the safety of non-prescription drugs by providing consumers with important information on outer packaging, in a standardized format.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to ensure that regulations related to Plain Language Labelling require manufacturers of non-prescription drugs and natural health products to include a Canadian Drug Facts Table or Product Facts Table on the outer label, and that labelling requirements require:
1. That information is present to consumers in a standardized format;
2. Readability through a required minimum font size of six points; and
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