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What type of reference is needed to claim absence of a specific excipient in a product? Would the fact that the specific excipient is not mentioned in the product monograph be enough to support this type of claim, or would some sort of certification of absence be required? For example, gluten free certification?

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546

If I buy keywords that are associated to a gated website does it have to be submitted to PAAB? The targeted audience is consumer and not HCP. Thank you.

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544

If the Canadian affiliate creates materials for a booth (panels, TV screen, etc.) at an international conference being held in Canada, can handouts from the US affiliate be included/distributed?

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543

We are building a website which would contain medical information only. The website will be gated with a registration & log-in process that only allows entry to Canadian HCPs. In an effort to improve the search engine ranking of our website, we would like to optimize our website for organic search (SEO), which would include using a JavaScript log-in page that would allow search engines to crawl the pages beyond the gate. We would not offer the ability to access content on the website without registration and login validation, the purpose of allowing search engines to crawl the pages beyond the gate is simply to allow our website to appear in organic search rankings for specific key word searches. Is this permissible under the Code?

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542

Can DTC and HCP branded materials have the same headline/creative, if the DTC ad is approved by ASC and the HCP ad by PAAB? Can the DTC ad, if it is digital, link to a gated HCP portal?

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541

Can you please advise if CADTH Common Drug Review publications can be used as evidence for efficacy, pharmacoeconomic or recommendation claims?

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540

Hello, Suppose a vaccine product launches a branded Facebook page: The rules surrounding promotional posts are relatively clear, but what are the guidelines are on content curation? For example, including a link to an article from a publisher such as the CBC that discusses the condition but with no mention of the brand, or sharing a post from a lifestyle blog that similarly does not reference the brand/vaccine but may be relevant to followers of the page. The Health Canada policy on "The Distinction Between Advertising and Other Activities" does not seem to include this particular type of scenario explicitly. Could you provide some guidance or a link to the relevant guidelines? Thank you.

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539

When submitting an APS for approval, can we submit the piece with the intent that it will be presented to HCPs in both a print format and a digital format as one submission? (Note - the content and layout of the piece will appear exactly the same in both modes of delivery).

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538

What are the implications, if any, for a Product having "monotherapy" in the dosing section vs in the indication section of the PM? Does it matter that it's under "dosing considerations" as opposed to "indication" if it's still on the Product Monograph? How would PAAB limit advertising for this? Would the sponsor only be able to mention monotherapy, if at all, if: (1) they use the verbatim statement from the PM, (2) they don't put that statement with the indication statement and (3) they don't make monotherapy the main theme of the APS?

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Patrick Massad
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