Bush Approves Six-Month Delay in Implementing Tamper-Resistant Rx Pad Law

President Bush signed HR 3668 into law on September 29, 2007, delaying by six months the effective date of a law requiring Medicaid prescriptions to be written on tamper-resistant prescription paper. The President's approval follows quickly on the heels of Congressional action on this issue. The Senate unanimously approved the bill, which includes delaying the tamper-resistant prescription paper requirement as part of a larger Medicare and Medicaid relief package, on September 25. The House passed a similar measure to delay the requirement as a stand-alone bill (S 2085) on September 26. In addition to many pharmacy stakeholders who appealed to lawmakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), NABP asked CMS in a July 27 letter to delay implementation of the measure. The requirement is included as Section 7002(b) of the US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007, which was passed in May.

This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.

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