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Ruling said to mean state can ‘attack anyone’

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By John Schofield

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling reinforces the federal Food and Drugs Act’s overly broad definition of a drug and will only create confusion and stifle innovation, says a British Columbia lawyer who frequently works with the natural health products industry.

“Now it’s wide open,” said Shawn Buckley, principal lawyer with Kamloops, B.C.,-based Buckley & Company. “This decision means basically Health Canada can go after anyone at any given time and say, ‘You’re a drug.’ The state can arbitrarily attack anyone and there’s nothing you...