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Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) applauds move that will improve self-care options for Canadians and reduce healthcare costs.


July 20, 2018 (OTTAWA, ON)
– CHP Canada welcomes the premiers’ commitment today to work toward fixing the inconsistent federal and provincial processes determining conditions of sale for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. This will give more options to Canadians who practice self-care and will reduce healthcare costs. Read More >

Parliamentary Health Committee Recognizes Importance of Self-Care in Pharmacare Report

OTTAWA (April 19, 2018) – Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) and its members today welcomed the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health’s recognition of the value of self-care in its national pharmacare report. The report calls on the federal Minister of Health to improve access to new non-prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs for use in self-care by working with her provincial and territorial counterparts to better coordinate their regulation.

“Reducing the delays in access to new medicines for use in self-care can improve overall access to affordable medicines and reduce healthcare costs,” said Karen Proud, Read More >

Canadians’ Strong Health Literacy Scores Tied to Good Health Status, But Navigating Health System Remains a Challenge.

Today Marks International Self-Care Day – New Survey on Canadians and Health Literacy

July 24, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – According to a new survey by Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada), Canadians with higher health literacy scores tend to enjoy better health. Overall, the health literacy of Canadians compares well with Europeans in terms of health knowledge and disease prevention, though Canadians struggle more with navigating the healthcare system, Read More >

Le bon niveau de littératie des Canadiens en matière de santé est lié à leur bon état de santé, mais la navigation dans le système de santé demeure difficile.

Aujourd’hui, nous célébrons la Journée internationale des autosoins – Nouveau sondage sur les Canadiens et leur niveau de littératie en santé

Le 24 juillet 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Selon un nouveau sondage de Produits de santé consommateurs Canada (PSC Canada) les Canadiens mieux renseignés en matière de santé ont tendance à profiter d’une meilleure santé en général. Dans l’ensemble, le niveau de littératie des Canadiens en matière de santé se compare avantageusement à Read More >

Des Économies de 1 G$ pour les Canadiens en Mettant les Médicaments d’Ordonnance Contre les Brulements d’Estomac, la Dysfonction Érectile et les Contraceptifs Oraux en Vente Libre, Selon une Étude du Conference Board of Canada

Produits de santé consommateurs Canada dit qu’offrir davantage de choix en vente libre aux Canadiens favorise les auto-soins.

Le 9 mars 2017 (Ottawa,  ON) : Il serait possible de dégager un milliard de dollars du système de santé canadien et de l’économie en général simplement en mettant trois catégories de médicaments d’ordonnance en vente libre. Ces économies proviendraient du coût réduit des médicaments, de la réduction du nombre de consultations médicales et de la baisse du nombre d’heures d’absence au travail, Read More >

$1 Billion in Savings for Canadians with a Simple Switch from Prescription to Over-the-Counter for Heartburn meds, Erectile Dysfunction meds and Birth Control Pills says New Conference Board of Canada Study

Consumer Health Products Canada says giving Canadians more OTC choices makes self-care sense.  

March 9, 2017 (Ottawa, ON): One billion dollars could be freed up in the Canadian healthcare system and broader economy by switching just three categories of medication from prescription to over-the-counter (OTC). The savings would come from reduced drug costs, fewer doctor visits, and less time spent away from work, according to a new study by the Conference Board of Canada released today. Read More >

CHP Canada Applauds Health Canada’s Regulatory Proposal that would Support Canadians who Practice Self-Care

September 9, 2016 (Ottawa, ON):  Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) applauds Health Minister Jane Philpott for launching a public consultation on a new approach to regulating over-the-counter medicines (also known as non-prescription drugs), natural health products and cosmetics.

“With this important step, the Government of Canada is recognizing the importance of self-care to Canadians and the healthcare system,” says Karen Proud, President of CHP Canada. “Under the proposed approach, Read More >

Produits de santé consommateurs Canada croit que le libre-échange sera bénéfique pour les Canadiens et Canadiennes et stimulera l’innovation

Le 3 février 2016 (Ottawa, ON): Produits de santé consommateurs Canada (PSC Canada), l’association nationale qui représente les fabricants de médicaments en vente libre et de produits de santé naturels, félicite le gouvernement du Canada d’avoir signé l’entente du Partenariat Trans-Pacifique (PTP). 

« En adhérant à ce traité commercial, notre gouvernement met en place les conditions permettant de mieux nous conformer aux États-Unis afin d’offrir des incitatifs à l’innovation au sein de l’industrie des produits de santé Read More >

Consumer Health Products Canada Says Trade Pact Would Benefit Canadians and Unleash Innovation

February 3, 2016 (Ottawa, ON):  Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada)—the national association that represents the makers of evidence based over-the-counter medicines and natural health products—applauds the Government of Canada for signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. 

“By embracing the trade pact, our government would be setting the conditions for better alignment with the United States when it comes to providing incentives for innovation in Canada’s growing consumer health products industry,” Read More >

Les Canadiens mieux nantis et éduqués munis d’assurances engorgent les cabinets de médecin avec leurs malaises bénins

Le système de santé actuel encourage les visites chez le médecin pour renouveler ses ordonnances et pénalise les autosoins en taxant les médicaments en vente libre

Le 18 août 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – Avez-vous de la difficulté à voir votre médecin de famille? Les résultats d’une nouvelle étude publiée aujourd’hui par Produits de santé consommateurs Canada (PSC Canada) démontrent que les Canadiens munis d’une assurance-médicaments sont plus susceptibles de consulter le médecin  que d’aller à la pharmacie, Read More >

Wealthier, better-educated Canadians with drug plans clogging doctors’ offices with minor aches and sniffles

Current health system rewards visits to doctor for prescription renewal, penalizes self-care with tax on over-the-counter medicines.

August 18, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – Having trouble getting in to see your family doc? New survey data released today by Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) shows that Canadians with drug plans are more likely head to the doctor’s office instead of the drug store, to save a few dollars on their medications. Read More >

Devez-vous vraiment consulter un médecin pour des brûlements d’estomac, le nez qui coule ou un genou éraflé?

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Devez-vous vraiment consulter un médecin pour des brûlements d’estomac, le nez qui coule ou un genou éraflé?  

En avance de la Journée internationale des autosoins (24 juillet), PSC Canada dit aux Canadiens et aux Canadiennes : « Faites-vous confiance! »

(Le 22 juillet 2015 – Ottawa, ON) L’été est la saison des coups de soleil, des allergies, Read More >

Do you really need to head to the doctor for heartburn, a runny nose, or a skinned knee?

In advance of International Self-Care Day (July 24), CHP Canada says most Canadians should “trust their gut.”

(July 22, 2015 – Ottawa, ON) Summer means sunburns, allergies, a case or two of post-barbecue heartburn and minor cuts and scrapes, but the majority of Canadians are not leaving their cottages to seek medical treatment for these and other minor health concerns. Surprisingly, a lot of us still spend hours waiting to see a doctor, Read More >

Bill 75 The Microbead Elimination and Monitoring Act Discussed Today

The Legislative Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is meeting today at 2:00 pm to consider Bill 75 The Microbead Elimination and Monitoring Act. The Bill is sponsored by Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde. See the Bill here.

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Nothing to Sneeze At: New Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Tough it Out, but Common Cold Still Causing Costly Headaches for the Healthcare System

(February 3, 2015 – Ottawa, ON) – According to a new survey by Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada), 77% of Canadians who recently suffered from cough/cold, headache, allergies or heartburn, said they would rather manage these minor ailments themselves instead of visit a doctor. Seventy-three percent (73%) used over-the counter medications (OTCs) or natural health products (NHPs) consumer health products to manage their conditions. 

Survey results show the choice of self-care over unnecessary doctor visits for minor ailments is growing.  Read More >

CHP Canada Applauds Global Markets Action Plan

The principles behind the Federal Government’s newly announced Global Markets Action Plan for making Canada competitive in international markets aligns well with Consumer Health Products Canada’s agenda for growth of our Industry.  

“The effort to open up new markets and strengthen our trade advantages in established markets is a step in the right direction,” said CHP Canada’s Acting President Adam Kingsley.  “If coupled with ongoing efforts to improve the regulatory environment and reward research and innovation, Read More >

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