Health Canada has issued a warning about a skin cream for babies and children that it says could pose “serious health risks.”
The federal agency says PureCare Herbal Cream, which is promoted as a natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis in children and babies, contains a prescription steroid (clobetasol propionate) and another ingredient (phenoxylethanol) that are not declared on the label.
Health Canada says these ingredients may cause skin irritation, dehydration or increased blood pressure.
The agency says PureCare Herbal Cream was sold online at www.purecareskin.com and through an in-person distribution network.
The product has been sold with two different labels. The current label states the product is “for extremely dry skin” and the previous label says it is an “Herbal Cream for Eczema, Psoriasis & Dry Skin.”
Health Canada advises consumers to stop using this product and to check with a health care professional if they have used it and have health concerns.
Clobetasol propionate is described as a super-high potency topical steroidal prescription drug used to treat inflammatory conditions. It should be used only under medical supervision. Side effects include skin irritation, weakening or degeneration.
The agency says phenoxylethanol can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.
Health Canada says PureCare Herbal Cream Ltd. has stopped selling the product and is asking the company recall it from the market.
“Public Announcement and Correction Notice regarding PureCare Herbal Cream:
Approximately one month ago, due to inquires raised regarding the ingredients contained in PureCare Herbal Cream, PureCare Skin (“PCS”) submitted to a laboratory test conducted by Health Canada. On March 23, 2017, PCS was advised by Health Canada, that subsequent to the testing, it was confirmed that PureCare Herbal Cream contained “clobetasol propionate” which is an adrenocortical hormone. At this time, we have not yet received any information from Health Canada regarding the quantity of clobetasol propionate contained in each 120ml jar of PureCare Herbal Cream. PCS has requested this information and we will advise with a further update on this Website once we are in receipt of this information.
PCS has already contacted the manufacturer of the product regarding this Health Canada concern and is following up with the manufacturer regarding this new information. PCS was always expressly informed by the manufacturer that the product was all natural and free from any drugs or parabens and this information was passed on to its retail customers and end users.
PCS does not believe that past use of this product would have caused any damage or injury to any of its users. However, out of an abundance of caution and as mandated by Health Canada, we have ceased all sales and have instituted a recall action plan. To participate in the recall action plan, please follow the steps set out below.
PureCare Skin would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support. For more information please contact us at email@example.com
Please send product to:
60 Bristol Road East
Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K8
For accurate processing, please include the following information: Full name, full mailing address, email address, phone number and point of purchase (online, via specific ambassador location). Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing of refund.
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