The October 1 start date for a new rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requiring physicians to use tamper-resistant prescription pads when writing prescriptions for Medicaid patients has been postponed until April 1, 2008. The new rule is intended to make it more difficult for those trying to obtain drugs illegally.
The October 1 deadline had been opposed by some pharmacists and physicians, who argued they did not have enough time to obtain the new pads, putting their Medicaid patients at risk of being unable to receive their prescriptions (Mitka M. JAMA. 2007;298:1153).
Mitka M. Extra Time for New Scrip Pads. JAMA. 2007;298(18):2129. doi:10.1001/jama.298.18.2129-d