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Letter From Chief of Staff: New Prescription Requirements

Dear colleagues,

Please be informed of a new law which requires each controlled substance security prescription form used for prescribing after January 1 to include a unique serialized number in a format approved by the Department of Justice. As a result, you may receive calls from outpatient pharmacies to verify prescriptions written on noncompliant forms, and patients may report having difficulties filling prescriptions written on noncompliant forms (especially prescriptions for CII medications). Please review your prescription forms to ensure they include this serial number—if you are unsure whether your forms are compliant, you may contact the company that prints them for you.

A list of approved security prescription printers can be found here. Controlled substances that are e-prescribed are in compliance with this new law.

Pharmacies may reject your prescription if it is not in compliance with the new requirement. See link to the Medical Board’s Memorandum below. Please e-prescribe controlled substances via CS Link™ which complies both with the regulations and with our electronic prescribing of controlled substance Policy. If you are unable to e-prescribe and need to write the prescription, you will need to order new prescription forms.

The Medical Board of California has more information.

Clement C. Yang, MD
Chief of Staff