Still, manufacturers of tamper-resistant prescription pads
say their technology remains a surefire way to ensure that prescriptions are not altered or forged.
Coming down to the wire on a new federal mandate requiring the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads
for all Medicaid prescriptions, lawmakers in the House and the Senate passed legislation in late September that would delay the mandate's start until March 31, 2008.
Congress has passed and President Bush has signed into law emergency legislation to delay until March 31, 2008, a requirement that tamper-resistant prescription pads
be used for all Medicaid prescriptions.
The American Pharmacists Association and three lawmakers have urged CMS to delay implementation of a new federal mandate requiring the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads
for all Medicaid prescriptions beginning Oct.
From recommending ample questioning of patients to encouraging the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads
, officials hope to stem illegal use.
WASHINGTON -- A controversial regulation that will require the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads
for Medicaid becomes effective April 1.
-- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is among 90 pharmacy and medical organizations that have sent letters to state Medicaid directors seeking more guidance on compliance with the federal requirement for tamper-resistant prescription pads
A provision that had been included in an Iraq War spending bill that was finalized in May had required doctors and other prescribers to write prescriptions on tamper-resistant prescription pads
for Medicaid patients beginning October 1.