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Check out Canada’s Major Pharmaceutical Chains

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most revenue generating sector across the globe. With the increasing population ages, serving medical help has become very important & this facilitating not only the pharmacy chains but also the individual businesses.

This industry is quite an innovative one in Canada. This industry consists of companies that develop and manufacture innovative medicines and generic medicines, as well as over–the-counter drug products. 

The pharmaceutical market of Canada is the 10th largest market in the world. From 2001 to 2016, medicinal exports and imports between Canada and the rest of the world have increased by 77% and 30% respectively.

Let’s look the major pharmaceutical chains of Canada:

     Shoppers Drug Mart

A Canadian retail pharmacy chain based in Toronto, Ontario, was founded by Murray Koffler in 1962, whose family still owns Super-Pharm Pharmacy operating in Israel, China & Poland. This chain today has more than 1,307 stores operational stores in nine provinces and two territories and Pharmaprix in Quebec.

In 2014, Brampton-based Loblaw Companies acquired Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation for $12.4 billion in cash and stock. This merger has developed a synergy between these two stores where both stores can stock each other’s products.

The company owns and operates several speciality services apart from their retail format. They have 56 Shoppers Home Health Care stores those sell and service assisted-living devices, home-care products mobility and medical equipment. Shoppers Optimum is a loyalty program introduced by this chain that facilitates the customers with Shoppers Optimum redeemable points.

Shoppers Drug Mart head office is located in Toronto, Ontario and can be contacted on telephone number 416 490-2891 for any further info.


A leading Canadian independent pharmacy and drugstore retailer, founded in 1981 through the merger of two British Columbia based pharmacy chains, United Pharmacy and Western Drug Mart. This company has been focussing on making a national platform of community-based retail outlets that are designed to deliver exceptional service, products and advice to its customers.

Headquartered in Langley, British Columbia, Pharmasave is now operating more than 550 stores across 9 provinces that operate independently in various sizes from small dispensaries to large home healthcare pharmacies. They produce a range of 700 Pharmasave Brand products.

     Jean Coutu

Jean Coutu is a Canadian drugstore chain, co-founded in 1969 by Jean Coutu and Louis Michaud. Headquartered in Varennes, Quebec, this chain has more than 400 franchised stores in New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The company is also recognised for its private line product "Personnelle" that produces a wide variety of products such as cosmetics, papers apart from other pharmaceutical products.

Coutu’s U.S. subsidiary was once the third largest distributor and retailer of pharmaceutical related products in North America with around 2200 stores. However, American stores have been sold to the company, Rite Aid recently.


A Quebec pharmacy chain, founded in 1977, is operating under four brands in Canada namely Uniprix, Unipharm, Clinique Santé and Uniclinique. It is the 2nd largest pharmacy chain in Quebec combining these 4 brands.

Headquartered in Saint-Leonard, Montreal, this chain operates around 375 pharmacies in Quebec.  
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