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Medication Safety Tips

What's On a Prescription Label?

There is important information on a prescription label.

Knowing what the information means can help you know which medicine you are taking and how to take it properly.

The look of the label will depend on which pharmacy you use. In general your label will contain the following information:*

Parts of a Prescription Label

Rollover A-K below to see the various part of a prescription label.

* A Drug Identification Number (DIN) is an eight digit number assigned by Health Canada to a drug product prior to being marketed in Canada. It uniquely identifies all drug products sold in a dosage form in Canada and is located on the label of prescription and over-the-counter drug products that have been evaluated and authorized for sale in Canada.

A DIN uniquely identifies the following product characteristics: manufacturer; product name; active ingredient(s); strength(s) of active ingredient(s); pharmaceutical form; route of administration.

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