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Tamper-Proof Scrips

Tamper-Proof Scrips Beginning October 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require physicians writing prescriptions for Medicaid patients to use tamper-resistant prescription pads, making it more difficult for those trying to obtain drugs illegally. The change has been questioned by pharmacists and physicians, who argue they are ill-prepared for the switch and warn that many Medicaid patients may not receive their medications because not all prescribers will have the new pads. The new rule was created when a provision was inserted into the US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (HR 2206 [http://thomas.loc.gov]). The National Association of Chain Drug Stores expressed concerns about implementation of the new rule, such as whether a sufficient number of pads will be available, where and how prescribers will obtain the pads, and who will pay for them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Tamper-Proof Scrips

JAMA , Volume 298 (10) – Sep 12, 2007

Tamper-Proof Scrips

Abstract

Beginning October 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require physicians writing prescriptions for Medicaid patients to use tamper-resistant prescription pads, making it more difficult for those trying to obtain drugs illegally. The change has been questioned by pharmacists and physicians, who argue they are ill-prepared for the switch and warn that many Medicaid patients may not receive their medications because not all prescribers will have the new pads. The new rule...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.298.10.1153-a
Publisher site
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Abstract

Beginning October 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require physicians writing prescriptions for Medicaid patients to use tamper-resistant prescription pads, making it more difficult for those trying to obtain drugs illegally. The change has been questioned by pharmacists and physicians, who argue they are ill-prepared for the switch and warn that many Medicaid patients may not receive their medications because not all prescribers will have the new pads. The new rule was created when a provision was inserted into the US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (HR 2206 [http://thomas.loc.gov]). The National Association of Chain Drug Stores expressed concerns about implementation of the new rule, such as whether a sufficient number of pads will be available, where and how prescribers will obtain the pads, and who will pay for them.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 12, 2007

Keywords: iraq,medicaid,medicare,pharmacists,unconsciousness,veterans,accountability

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