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Drug prescribers in Washington must soon convert to tamper-resistant paper

OLYMPIA ¾ Special prescription pads intended to increase patient safety and stop people from stealing or altering existing prescriptions will soon be required in our state. With the deadline approaching, state health officials advise prescribers to order tamper-resistant supplies now.

All health care providers who write prescriptions in Washington will have to use tamper-resistant prescription pad paper under a new law that goes into effect July 1. The law, passed in 2009, says all prescription paper or pads must have the state Board of Pharmacy approval seal. More information on the new requirement (www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/trpp) is online.

“Patient safety is our top priority,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “It’s important that prescription medications go to the right patient, and that patients get the correct medication. These new requirements will make prescriptions more secure and harder to alter.”