New prescription forms available, not required until January 2021

Dentists are reporting to CDA that pharmacies are telling them to get new prescription forms. The new forms are now available; however, as CDA has previously reported, California law does not require that they be used until Jan. 1, 2021.

The state Department of Justice published a 2019 bulletin on the transition period for using the new prescription forms containing specific serial numbers and barcodes as required by Assembly Bill 149. The new forms should be ordered from an approved printer listed on the DOJ website.

Mandatory e-prescribing for all prescriptions, with limited exceptions, is expected to start Jan. 1, 2022. Information on how to get started with e-prescribing is in the CDA Practice Support resource article “Controlled Substances: Prescribing and Dispensing.” Dentists can check with their respective electronic health record company on availability and costs of e-prescribing software and with the following stand-alone e-prescribing software companies:

Read the DOJ’s May 2019 bulletin “AB 149 – New Requirements for Prescription Forms.”

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