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Any product defined as a drug under the Canadian Food and Drugs Act must have an associated Drug Identification Number (or DIN).

The Drug Identification Number (DIN) is the 8 digit number located on the label of prescription and over-the-counter drug products that have been evaluated by the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) and approved for sale in Canada. The DIN is typically an eight digit number.

Once a drug has been approved, the Therapeutic Products Directorate issues a DIN which permits the manufacturer to market the drug in Canada. For drugs where there is minimal market history in Canada, there is a more stringent review and the drug is required to have a Notice of Compliance and a DIN in order to be marketed in Canada.

A DIN lets the user know that the product has undergone and passed a review of its formulation, labeling and instructions for use. A drug product sold in Canada without a DIN is not in compliance with Canadian law.

The DIN is also a tool to help in the follow-up of products on the market, recall of products, inspections, and quality monitoring. A drug product can be looked up via its DIN with the Health Canada's Drug Product Database (DPD) to find specific information of drugs approved by the Ministry.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 08:51:03 -0700

Health Canada has indicated that it will permit the claim "Product X is authorized for sale by Health Canada" in advertising of an authorized health product bearing a Drug Identification Number (DIN), Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or Natural ...
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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:59:19 -0800

In Canada, all authorized drug products, be they prescription or over-the-counter, are assigned a Drug Identification Number (DIN) by Health Canada. This computer-generated eight digit number is displayed on a products' packaging and uniquely ...

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:26:15 -0700

The system also comes with Intelliguard software, residing on the pharmacy department's database, that links each tag ID number with the medication's name, dosage, Drug Identification Number (DIN), National Drug Code (NDC) number, lot number and ...


Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:28:59 -0700

Cannabis isn't considered medication because it isn't issued with a drug identification number. On the other hand, there are a number of psycho-active and physiological-active compounds in cannabis and if you look on Health Canada's website, there is ...

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:30:26 -0700

His hope for the future is that more investment will be put into research, development and clinical trials that could potentially see cannabis get its own drug identification number and be dispensed in mainstream pharmacies. He says it will not only ...

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:35:44 -0700

Since medical marijuana will not have a drug identification number because the product cannot be regulated and controlled by Health Canada, how will it be handled by private plans? Will plan administrators issue product identification numbers (PINs)?

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:01:12 -0700

And marijuana doesn't have a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which is the industry standard usually required before a pharmaceutical is authorized for sale and reimbursement. The lack of a DIN is a sticking point for doctors, many of whom are ...

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