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Tamper Resistant Prescriptions

Beginning April 1, 2008, all written prescriptions for outpatient drugs prescribed to a Medicaid beneficiary must be on paper with at least one tamper-resistant feature as outlined by CMS. Beginning October 1, 2008, these same prescriptions must be on paper that meets all three baseline characteristics of tamper-resistant pads.

For additional information, click on the Downloads and Related Links Inside CMS below:

  • Background Document for State Health Policymakers (updated as of 7/15/08)
  • Top Questions about Tamper-Resistant Prescriptions (updated as of 7/15/08)
  • Pharmacist Fact Sheet (updated as of 7/15/08).
  • State Medicaid Directors Letter (Guidance on Tamper-Resistant Prescriptions)