Reminder: New prescribing rules for controlled substances took effect Jan 1

February 02, 2021
Area(s) of Interest: Drug Prescribing/Dispensing 

As of January 1, 2021, all security prescription forms are required to have a uniquely serialized number, a corresponding barcode and other security features. Except for limited emergency situations, pharmacists are unable to fill a controlled substances prescription that is not on a compliant form.

Physicians who do not already have these prescription pads should place an order as soon as possible from a Department of Justice-approved security prescription printer. California Medical Association security prescription partner, RxSecurity, has been issuing uniquely serialized prescription forms since 2019. 

For additional information on new compliant security prescription forms, please see the Joint Statement and FAQs from the California Department of Justice, the California State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board of California.


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