What is a DIN / pill code?
A Drug Identification Number (DIN) is an 8-digit number that’s assigned by Health Canada. It uniquely identifies all drug products (both prescription and over-the-counter) that are sold in a dosage form in Canada.
Some medications also have a pill or table code that is imprinted on the pill or tablet itself.
Where can I find the DIN?
The DIN is located on the medication package or prescription receipt.
Where can I find the pill or tablet code?
This is imprinted right on the pill or tablet, and can be a combination of letters and numbers.
Note: The specific numbers and letters on your medication may be different than shown here.
Why do I have to enter a DIN or pill code anyway?
Law prohibits advertising prescription medication in Canada. In order to access information about a prescribed medication, you will need to identify yourself as a patient of that medication. There are 3 ways you can identify yourself as a patient:
With a DIN
With a tablet or pill code
With a password provided by your healthcare professional