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Call to Action: Act now to ensure patients can get needed prescriptions

January 28, 2019
Area(s) of Interest: Drug Prescribing/Dispensing Advocacy 


Flawed implementation of a new state law that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number law has left pharmacies unable to fill prescriptions and patients being refused necessary medications.

The California Medical Association (CMA) is currently working on a legislative fix to address this issue immediately to ensure no patient goes without the essential medicine and care they need. Last week, AB 149 (Assemblymembers Cooper, Arambula and Low) was introduced to correct the flawed implementation the new law, which was intended to improve the security of physician prescription pads as a solution to the opioid crisis.

AB 149 passed out of Assembly Business and Professions Committee on January 29, and will soon be heard on the Assembly floor. Contact your legislators today and urge them to take swift action so patients can once again receive the medical treatment they require.

Click here to contact your legislator through CMA’s grassroots portal. A sample letter and talking points are provided.

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