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To the Editor.—
In the enforcement of federal and state laws on the use of narcotic and dangerous drugs, one item has been left without proper supervision: the physicians' prescription blank.It is not difficult to have the blanks duplicated by a cooperative printer, and a good handwriting expert could imitate the penmanship of any physician.Therefore, I believe the Federal Department of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs should take steps to close this loophole. This can be done by a law requiring that all narcotics and dangerous drugs be written on a special blank provided by the Bureau, on paper available only to the Department of Narcotics. The physician would be permitted to order 500 blanks in the style he desires at a set price. His signature should be recorded with the Bureau. These narcotic blanks would be kept separate from other prescription blanks at drug stores, where the Bureau's
Karakashian NA. Physician's Narcotic Prescription Blanks. JAMA. 1973;226(13):1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230130060039