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What do I do with a triplicate prescription that is not filled right away?

July 26, 2011

The Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) rules for handling deferred triplicate prescriptions have not changed despite any reports or information inadvertently communicated by the TPP to the contrary.

A pharmacist must log or fill a triplicate prescription within 72 hours of it being written. Once the prescription has been logged, filling the prescription can be deferred.

If a triplicate is not to be filled right away, enter the date it was received at the pharmacy, and write “deferred” on the prescription.

Send the triplicate prescription form to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) after it has been logged.


REMINDER: Weekly mailing mandatory
Ensure that you mail all your completed TPP forms to CPSA every week. This is a mandatory component of the TPP and failure to comply may result in referral to the ACP Complaints Director.

To get return envelopes from ACP:

  • Call 1-877-227-3838 or 780-990-0321
  • Fax: 780-990-0328
  • Email: