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Dentists have reported to CDA that pharmacies have rejected their prescriptions due either to forms that are out of date or are missing required elements. All prescriptions have been for controlled substances, which must be on tamper-resistant forms printed by California-approved printers and containing California-specific pre-printed elements.
Dentists should immediately check that their tamper-resistant prescription forms have the following:
Each batch of controlled substance prescription forms will have the lot number printed on the form and each form within that batch shall be numbered sequentially beginning with the numeral one.
The law that establishes the requirements for tamper-resistant forms was last amended in 2012. For descriptions of other requirements for controlled substances prescriptions, read the CDA Practice Support article, “Controlled Substances Prescribing and Dispensing.”
A list of state-approved printers can be found on the website of the state Attorney General.