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.
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