Changes to the scheduling of tramadol
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Health Canada is proposing to change the scheduling of tramadol so that it is regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Health Canada is seeking feedback on this proposal and CSHP will submit a response. Please tell us what you think.
At present, tramadol is regulated under the Food and Drug Act, despite being a synthetic opioid analgesic. Health Canada is proposing to amend Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to include these substances:
“Tramadol (2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-(3-methoxyphenyl)cyclohexanol), its salts, isomers and salts of isomers and the following derivatives of tramadol and the salts, isomers and salts of isomers of these derivatives:
- O-desmethyltramadol (3-[2[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol)
- N,O-didesmethyltramadol (3-[1-hydroxy-2-[(methylamino)methyl]cyclohexyl]-phenol)”
Amending the schedules is expected to increase surveillance of prescribing practices for tramadol, as well as give power to Canadian law enforcement agencies to take action in response to unauthorized activities with tramadol and related substances.
Send us your comments about this proposed change in scheduling by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to provide your comments is July 12, 2019.
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