3.12 Drug and Product Identification Numbers

General Policy Description

Health Canada assigns a drug identification number (DIN) to all drug products.

If Health Canada has not assigned a DIN for a product, PharmaCare assigns a product identification number (PIN) that allows claims for the products to be properly adjudicated by PharmaNet.

Natural health products with a licence have been assessed by Health Canada and found to be safe, effective and of high quality under the recommended conditions of use and are assigned an eight-digit natural product number (NPN).

PharmaCare usually must assign PINs for compounded medications, investigational drugs, and natural health products that have not been assigned an NPN, and for non‑pharmaceuticals such as glucose monitors and blood glucose test strips, prosthetics, orthotics, and ostomy supplies.

Policy Details

Pharmacists and medical device providers must use the appropriate PIN where required by PharmaCare product coverage policies.

Drug Use Evaluation (DUE) results are not returned for claims using PINs.


Identifying a PIN

Product Identification Numbers (PINs) are used when no DIN is assigned to a product.

PharmaCare publishes, and regularly updates, lists of PINs for various categories of products on its website including:

Refer to Product Identification Numbers (PINs) for a full list of PINs.

>> Need more assistance in determining the correct PIN? Call the PharmaNet Help Desk.