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Pharmacy Sector Engagement

Global supply chain standards, including GS1 bar codes, are enhancing patient safety and productivity in the Canadian pharmacy sector. GS1 Canada works with stakeholders from across the pharmacy supply chain to actively drive the adoption of GS1 standards to enhance business processes and help the sector realize the benefits of global standards.

Patient safety benefits:

Supply chain efficiency benefits:

How GS1 standards make patients safer

  • They prevent administration and prescription errors
  • Medicines can be dispensed more quickly
  • Information can be recorded after scanning at the point of use
  • Medicines can be better managed
  • There are fewer adverse events and critical errors
  • Medicines can be more easily traced which allow you to check authenticity for product recalls
  • Order processing and receipt is simpler and more accurate
  • Case study: Moorsfield Pharmaceuticals (UK)
  • Consistent product identification across the medication use process


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Industry Initiatives


Through its unique ability to unite Canadian pharmacy stakeholders and facilitate consensus on modernizing the pharmacy supply chain, GS1 Canada has gained the support of numerous organizations from the public and private sectors.

As of April 2011, organizations that support GS1 Canada’s industry initiatives and/or contribute to its working groups include the following:

GS1 Canada Healthcare Pharmacy Sector Board

Pharmacy Distributors & Retailers
Healthcare Distributors & GPOs
Solution Providers

Apotex Inc.
AstraZeneca Canada Inc
Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
L’Oréal Canada
Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.
Pharmascience Inc.
Ratiopharm Inc.
Sanofi Pasteur Ltd.
Schering-Plough Canada Inc.

Pharmacy Distributors & Retailers
Katz Group Canada Ltd.
Kohl & Frisch Limited
Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc.
Loblaw Companies Ltd.
London Drugs Limited
McKesson Canada
McMahon Distributeur Pharmaceutique
Metro Inc.
PharmaSave Drugs Canada
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Sobeys Pharmacy Group/Lawtons Drugs
uniPHARM Wholesale Drugs Ltd.

Healthcare Distributors & Group Purchasing Organizations

Cardinal Health Canada Inc.
HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc.
Medbuy Corporation
Medical Mart Supplies Ltd.
The Stevens Company

Solution Providers

Answers 4 Business
Consolidated Health Information Services
GHX Canada
Logihedron Inc.
McKesson Provider Technologies
Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH)
Ormed Information Systems
Partners in Supply Chain
Rogue Data Corporation
Rx Canada
TELUS Corporation
TELUS Health Solutions (backed by Emergis)


Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D)
Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM)
Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS)
Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA)
Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
Canadian Pharmaceutical Distribution Network (CPDN)
Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada)
Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)

Health Administration Systems Project (HASP-BSO) Nova Scotia
Health Canada
Ministry of Health, Saskatchewan
Nova Scotia Department of Health
Ontario Ministry of Finance, OntarioBuys
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)