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Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia & Dietary Supplements

Important: If you supply products for sale on Amazon, you must comply with all federal, provincial, and local laws and Amazon policies applicable to those products and product listings.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Over-the-counter and nonprescription drugs that are: 1) licensed by Health Canada; 2) are not required to be sold in the presence of a pharmacist, under the supervision of a pharmacist, or in a pharmacy; 3) are not otherwise prohibited; and 4) are appropriately described and labelled. Every label of a drug, regardless if it is sold over-the-counter, must be labeled with the following information: 1) brand name, 2) intended use, 3) active ingredients, 4) warnings, and 5) dose. To sell on Amazon, sellers must display this information on the detail page. For more information see Health Canada's Nonprescription Drugs: Labelling Standards.
  • Natural health products, including dietary supplements, which are licensed by Health Canada, are not otherwise prohibited, and are appropriately described and labelled. Natural health products must be labeled with 1) the name of the dietary supplement, 2) the net quantity or amount of the dietary supplement, 3) nutrition labelling, 4) the ingredient list, and 5) the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. To sell on Amazon, sellers must display this information on the detail page. For more information, see Health Canada's Labelling Requirements Checklist.

Compliance requirements

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Cannabis, its preparations, derivatives and similar synthetic preparations
  • Marijuana and cannabis paraphernalia, such as, but not limited to:
    • Bongs,
    • Dab kits,
    • Pipes made from metal, most woods, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic.
  • Illegal and controlled substances, and narcotics, including products containing:
    • Anything listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV, or V of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Narcotic Control Regulations, such as:
      • Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum), its preparations, derivatives, alkaloids and salts
        • Opium
        • Codeine (methylmorphine)
        • Morphine
        • Thebaine (paramorphine)
      • Coca (Erythroxylon), its preparations, derivatives, alkaloids and salts, including:
        • Coca leaves
        • Cocaine
        • Ecgonine
      • Phenylpiperidines, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and analogues and salts of intermediates, derivatives and analogues.
      • Phenazepines, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Amidones, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and salts of intermediates and derivatives
      • Methadols, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Phenalkoxams, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Thiambutenes, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Moramides, their intermediates, salts, derivatives and salts of intermediates and derivatives
      • Morphinans, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Benzazocines, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Ampromides, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Benzimidazoles, their salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Phencyclidine, its salts, derivatives and analogues and salts of derivatives and analogues
        • e.g. Ketamine
      • Methamphetamine, its salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues
      • Tilidine, its salts, derivatives and salts of derivatives
      • Amphetamines, their salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues and salts of derivatives, isomers and analogues
      • Flunitrazepam and any of its salts or derivatives
      • 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (GHB) and any of its salts
      • Fentanyls, their salts, derivatives, and analogues and salts of derivatives and analogues
      • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and any salt thereof
      • Anabolic steroids and their derivatives
      • Barbiturates, their salts and derivatives
      • Mescaline (3,4,5–trimethoxybenzeneethanamine) and any salt thereof, including peyote (lophophora)
    • Anything listed in the Benzodiazepines and Other Targeted Substances Regulations, such as:
      • Benzodiazepines, their salts and derivatives, for example:
        • Clonazepam
        • Flurazepam
        • Lorazepam
      • Clotiazepam and any salt thereof
      • Ethchlorvynol
      • Ethinamate
      • Fencamfamin and any salt thereof
      • Fenproporex and any salt thereof
      • Mazindol
      • Mefenorex and any salt thereof
      • Meprobamate
      • Methyprylon
      • Pipradol and any salt thereof
      • Zolpidem and any salt thereof
      • Flunitrazepam and any salts or derivatives thereof
  • Products containing substances in the Precursor Control Regulations, as follows:
    • Prescribed entirely:
      • Ergometrine (0)
      • Ergotamine (0)
      • Lysergic acid (0)
      • 3,4-Methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propanone
      • Norephedrine (Phenylpropanolamine)
      • 1-Phenyl-2-propanone
      • Gamma-butyrolactone
      • 1,4-butanediol
      • Red Phosphorus
      • White Phosphorus
      • Hypophosphorous acid, its salts and derivatives
      • Hydriodic acid
    • Prescribed in dosages greater than the absolute amount per package as follows:
      • Acetic anhydride (1000 kg)
      • N-Acetylanthranilic acid (1 kg)
      • Anthranilic acid (1 kg)
      • Ephedra (20 g)
      • Ephedrine (0.4 g)
      • Isosafrole (0.5 kg)
      • Phenylacetic acid (1 kg)
      • Piperidine (0.5 kg)
      • Piperonal (0.5 kg)
      • Potassium permanganate (50 kg)
      • Pseudoephedrine (3 g)
      • Safrole (0.25 kg)
  • Products that require a prescription or a medical professional's supervision or direction for their use, including:
    • Prescription Drugs and Ingredients (see examples below)
    • Antibiotics, including "fish" antibiotics (see examples below)
    • Prescription Veterinary Products and Ingredients
      • All drugs or substances listed in Schedule F, Part 1 of the Food and Drug Regulations
      • All drugs or substances listed in Schedule F Part 2 of the Food and Drug Regulations unless labelled "for veterinary use only"
      • ProHeart®6 Injectable Heartworm Product for Dogs
      • Any modified live virus vaccine
    • Vaccines (including human and animal vaccines), such as:
      • Bacterial Vaccines, Products Analogous to Bacterial Vaccines
      • Typhoid Vaccine
      • Pertussis (whooping cough) Vaccine
      • B.C.G. (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) Vaccine
      • Virus and Rickettsial Vaccines
      • Smallpox Vaccine
      • Poliomyelitis Vaccine
  • Radiopharmaceuticals, and products represented for use in the preparation thereof
  • Products containing any one of the substances listed below:
    • Allergenic substances used for the treatment or diagnosis of allergic or immunological diseases
    • Anterior pituitary extracts
    • Aprotinin
    • Blood and blood derivatives
    • Cholecystokinin
    • Drugs obtained by recombinant DNA procedures
    • Drugs, other than antibiotics, prepared from micro-organisms
    • Glucagon
    • Gonadotrophins
    • Human plasma collected by plasmapheresis
    • Immunizing agents
    • Insulin
    • Interferon
    • Monoclonal antibodies, their conjugates and derivatives
    • Secretin
    • Snake Venom
    • Urokinase
  • Products that contain DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine).
  • Products that simulate the effects of any illegal drug
  • Products intended for experiencing, or marketing for producing, an effect similar to that caused by an anabolic steroids.
  • Products for illicit drug use (ie. drug paraphernalia)
  • Products intended to defeat a drug test
  • "Drug paraphernalia," such as:
    • Vaporizers
    • Pill and tablet press machines
    • Pipes made from metal, most woods, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic
    • Wired cigarette papers
  • Products that are not licensed by Health Canada for sale as a "drug" or "natural health product"
  • Listings claiming that a product is intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans and/or animals unless the claim is approved by Health Canada
  • Listings claiming that a product is a treatment, preventative or cure for any of the diseases, disorders or abnormal physical states referred to in Schedule A of the Food and Drugs Act, including:
    • Acute alcoholism
    • Acute anxiety state
    • Acute infectious respiratory syndromes
    • Acute, inflammatory and debilitating arthritis
    • Acute psychotic conditions
    • Addiction (except nicotine addiction)
    • Appendicitis
    • Arteriosclerosis
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Convulsions
    • Dementia
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Gangrene
    • Glaucoma
    • Haematologic bleeding disorders
    • Hepatitis
    • Hypertension
    • Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy
    • Obesity
    • Rheumatic fever
    • Septicemia
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Strangulated hernia
    • Thrombotic and Embolic disorders
    • Thyroid disease
    • Ulcer of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Products that Health Canada has determined present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness
  • Products that have passed their expiration or their "use-by" dates
  • Products manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored under unsanitary conditions.
  • Products that are not sealed in original manufacturer's packaging
  • Products labelled as "tester" or "not intended for resale", such as drug samples
  • Products marketed to imitate a prescription drug or prescription drug brand
  • Products that are adulterated or misbranded
  • Products that are not labelled or packaged as required by Health Canada regulations, such as
    • Products that do not meet bilingual labelling requirements and are not otherwise excepted from these requirements
    • Products that are not labelled with a "drug identification number" or "natural product number" as applicable
  • Products that have been the subject of a prior regulatory action, such as:
    • Health Canada advisories, warnings or recalls
    • Products that have been the Subject of Recalls or Safety Alerts. (See examples below.)
  • Products that have been the subject of criminal enforcement, injunctions, seizures or warning letters.
  • Dietary supplements and Natural Health Products, such as weight loss products, that contain undeclared or prohibited active pharmaceutical ingredients.
  • Sexual enhancement products.

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Last Updated: 05/31/2019

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