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TPP medication list changes in effect

June 1, 2022
All stimulants and gabapentinoids are now monitored as Type 2 TPP medications.

On March 3, the TPP Alberta Steering Committee approved several updates to the TPP Alberta Medication Lists, to allow for additional monitoring and reporting on drugs at risk of misuse or use for non-clinical purposes. 

Amphetamine-type stimulants (generic and brand name) have been added to the Type 2 drug list. This includes dextroamphetamine (e.g., Dexedrine®), lisdexamfetamine (e.g., Vyvanse®) and mixed amphetamine salts (e.g., Adderall®).

All methylphenidate products, whether generic or brand name, and immediate or delayed release, are now classified as Type 2 medications. This reclassification will allow for a consistent categorization of methylphenidate to simplify prescribing and dispensing, and address some patient issues (such as drug plan coverage policies). An evaluation of this listing status will occur in one year, to assess the benefits or possible challenges associated with re-categorization.

All stimulants, including methylphenidate products, continue to be monitored electronically as Type 2 TPP medications. With this change, a TPP form is no longer required to prescribe generic methylphenidate. 

Gabapentinoids (generic and brand name) have also been added as Type 2 products. This includes gabapentin (e.g., Neurontin®) and pregabalin (e.g., Lyrica®). There is emerging evidence of misuse and risk of harm with these medications among certain vulnerable populations, accentuated with concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use. Gabapentinoids will be monitored electronically, a TPP form is not required to prescribe them