3 Things to Know About "Tamper Resistant" Prescription Pads

March 31, 2008

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Starting on April 1, 2008, the first phase of the new requirement on the use of tamper-resistant prescription pads in the Medicaid program will go into effect.

To be considered "tamper-resistant," such prescription pads must contain at least one of the three characteristics by April 1, 2008 and all three characteristics by October 1, 2008. These baseline characteristics are:

  1. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent unauthorized copying of a completed or blank prescription form
  2. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent the erasure or modification of information written on the prescription pad by the prescriber
  3. One or more industry-recognized features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit prescription forms

Read Frequently Asked Questions.

Further information can be found on the CMS website.