Sunday, April 06, 2008

New prescription law to take effect

From the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier:
Prescription cheaters beware. As of April 1, all Medicaid prescriptions must be written on tamper-resistant pads.

The move could save taxpayers up to $355 million in the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

After a six-month delay of the initial enforcement date, Oct. 1 2007, most in the medical community seem well-prepared for the switch.

"There's no indication they're not ready for the change," said Jeff Stensland, director of public information for the state's Medicaid agency.

Judi Bucknam, manager of Medical University of South Carolina's 20 adult medical surgical clinics, said that the whole hospital will go over to the tamper-resistant prescription pads Tuesday.

Before, prescriptions were written on regular laser jet printer paper, she said. A ream of regular paper runs about $6, she said. The new paper costs $64 a ream. ...more

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