Latebreakers: Tamper-resistant rule delayed

October 8, 2007

President Bush signs law to delay implementation of tamper-resistant prescription pad rule six months

Just two days before the tamper-resistant Rx pad rule was scheduled to take effect, President Bush signed into law legislation to delay the implementation of the requirement to use tamper-resistant pads for Medicaid Rxs. The law pushes back the start date to April 1, 2008, but does not change other provisions of the new requirement. The rule, which was part of an Iraq War supplemental spending bill, is aimed at reducing fraud. While pharmacy and medical groups did not dispute the importance of eliminating prescription fraud, they complained that healthcare providers had not been given enough notice and were not prepared to make the changes. (For more on this issue, see earlier article.)

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