GS1 Canada

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:

  • Reduced medication errors
  • More effective product recalls

Supply chain efficiency benefits:

  • Improved order and invoice processes
  • Accurate information sharing between trading partners
  • Supply chain security and efficiency
  • Improved service levels/fill rate and inventory management

  • 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
  • Consistent product identification across the medication use process

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 GS1 Canada Healthcare Pharmacy Sector Board and the following:


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

Pharmacy Distributors & Retailers

  • Familiprix
  • 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 & GPOs

  • 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
  • GHX U.S.
  • 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)