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Rule Requires Physicians To Use Tamper-Proof Pads For Medicaid Prescriptions

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Tamper-Proof Pads For Medicaid Prescriptions

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Delaware has approved a new rule that will require prescriptions forMedicaid beneficiaries to be written on tamper-resistant prescriptiondrug pads, the Wilmington News Journalreports. Enforcement of the rule will begin in April 2008, after whichMedicaid beneficiaries will not be able to fill prescriptions that arenot written on the tamper-proof pads.

The prescription pads byApril will need to have one tamper-proof characteristic. By October2008, each pad will need to have three tamper-proof characteristics,according to the rule. The state plans to use the time between now andApril to alert physicians of the rule change. Delaware passed the ruleafter Congress in May inserted a similar provisionin a war spending bill. The federal law was set to take effect Oct. 1,but implementation was delayed until April. Some physicians "view thelaw as another deterrent to accepting" Medicaid beneficiaries becausethe tamper-proof pads are more expensive, according to the News Journal.

Doctorswill be required to pay for the pads, which cost twice as much asnontamper-proof pads. Martha Roherty, director of health services forthe National Association of State Medicaid Directors,said use of tamper-proof pads will encourage physicians to transitionto an electronic prescription system, which is less expensive, moreefficient and less susceptible to patient fraud (Ratnayake, Wilmington News Journal, 10/22).

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