California dentists must obtain non-interference prescription pads by 2021

California dentists must start using tamper-resistant prescription pads by Jan. 1, 2021, according to the California Dental Association.

Dentists who are licensed in California should order compliant forms from companies shown on the Department of Justice's list of approved security prescription printers. Compliant forms have security features, including a 12-character serial number and a barcode linked to records in CURES, the state's prescription drug monitoring database.

Also beginning on Jan. 1, California dentists will be required to stop writing paper prescriptions for schedule II-V substances for patients insured by Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage. Only electronic prescriptions will be accepted for these patients.

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