Health Canada has announced that certain uses of Ibuprofen will be changed to nonprescription status by amending the Prescription Drug List (PDL). This change only impacts Ibuporfen for human use; the current Veterinary listing will remain the same. The effective date of this change is six months from the date of Health Canada’s notice (February 5, 2016).

The current PDL for Ibuprofen lists oral dosage forms that provide 400 milligrams or less per dosage unit as having nonprescription status. Effective August 5, 2016, Ibuprofen or its salts will also have nonprescription drugs if the following condition is met:

  • A modified-release oral dosage form that provides 600 milligrams or less per dosage unit.