FAQ

If the prescriber is authorized to write the prescription in their province of employment, then you may fill it. Which medications various health professionals are permitted to prescribe varies by province. To confirm prescription validity, check with the prescriber’s college in their province of employment.

Triplicates should be sent to their provincial TPP, usually at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the province that the prescription originated.

British Columbia no longer requires the return of prescriptions on triplicate forms.

Saskatchewan has changed its triplicate program to no longer include specially printed triplicate prescription forms. Send photocopies of triplicate prescriptions from Saskatchewan physicians to:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
500-321A-21st St. East
Saskatoon, SK   S7K 0C1
Yes. You must make a copy for the patient to sign, then the signed copy can be photocopied (on permanent quality paper) and sent to the College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Physicians are required to write triplicate prescriptions on personalized TPP pads. If in an emergency situation, a physician writes a triplicate on a regular prescription pad, the physician must follow up to the pharmacy with an original triplicate form.
Triplicates should be sent daily if the volume of triplicate prescriptions is high; however, a weekly schedule is acceptable. By submitting copies of the triplicates regularly, prescribers can get up-to-date information on patients and the monthly reports can flag potential abusers.
No. However, an order for emergency use, signed by the pharmacist receiving the medication, must be provided to the pharmacy selling the medication (refer to narcotic regulations).
An agent of the patient can sign. If one is not available, the pharmacist can sign with an explanation of the circumstances, e.g., patient incapable of signing.

Enter the date that the triplicate was received at the pharmacy, and write "deferred" on the prescription.

Note: A triplicate prescription must be logged or filled by a pharmacist within 72 hours of being written. Send the triplicate prescription form to the College of Physicians & Surgeons after it has been logged.

You can get return envelopes from the Alberta College of Pharmacy office:

Yes.  In addition to the standard list of triplicate medications, veterinarians must also provide a triplicate for the following medications:

  • All barbiturate preparations
  • All codeine-containing preparations
  • Benzodiazepines and all other targeted substances listed in Regulation under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Tramadol
  • Anabolic steroids

ABVMA policy requires that there will be no dispensing of the following products from a veterinary clinic, even if prescribed on a TPP form:

  • Ketamine
  • Euthanasia solutions
  • Sodium pentobarbital
  • General anaesthetics (e.g., propofol, halothane, isoflurane)
  • Alpha -2 - agonists

Veterinarians do not require a methadone exemption to prescribe buprenorphine.

Reference: Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) Information for the Prescriber and the Dispenser (CPSA)