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New Jersey First to Mandate Fraud-Proof Prescriptions

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Jersey First to Mandate Fraud-Proof Prescriptions

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Forging prescriptions in New Jersey will be a lot tougher now that the state has become the first in the nation to mandate that all prescriptions be written on uniform blanks made of nonerasable safety paper that can't be reproduced on copy machines.

Reducing drug abuse and fraud that costs the New Jersey health-care system big bucks were the goals of legislation signed last month by Gov. Christine Whitman. "People who forge medical prescriptions are criminals who weaken our healthcare system and waste our hardearned money," she said. "They must be stopped in their tracks."

The law will have more direct impact on prescribers than on pharmacists, but the New Jersey Pharmacists Association did raise one issue during the legislative process, said Frank Pelly, government affairs director. The association made sure that electronic prescription transmissions, such as by telephone, fax, or physician-to-pharmacy software, were permitted. "We got a provision that documenting receipt of a prescription over the phone in the pharmacy is the same as receiving the new required blanks," he said. …

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