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December 24, 1973

Physician's Narcotic Prescription Blanks

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JAMA. 1973;226(13):1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230130060039

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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