Alberta’s drug schedules are mostly aligned with and change according to the national drug scheduling model developed by NAPRA.
Exceptions exist due to the lists in the Scheduled Drugs Regulation or because of timing issues. The list of drugs that are Alberta exceptions to the national schedules is small and has not changed since the implementation of the regulation in 2007.
How do I search for a drug?
1. Search for the drug on the Alberta Exceptions list.
If the drug is included on this list, you will know that it is scheduled differently in Alberta than in the national drug schedule.
2. If the drug is not included on the Alberta list, search the national drug schedules on the NAPRA website.
Some drugs do not appear on the national drug schedules because they were marketed before the creation of the schedules and/or no request has been made to the National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee (NDSAC).
3. If the drug does not appear on the national drug schedules, search Health Canada’s Drug Product Database (DPD).
You can search by DIN, product name, generic name, or active ingredient.
When you search for a drug, this database will indicate which Federal schedule the drug is in. (Drugs which are federally scheduled in Schedule F to the Food and Drug Regulations and in the schedules to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are included in Schedule 1 of the Scheduled Drugs Regulation.)
What if I need more information?
Please consult our guide, Understanding Alberta's Drug Schedules.
Looking for information on the Triplicate Prescription Program?
Please visit our Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) page.