CPMA Expresses Serious Concerns Over January 1st Implementation Date for New Security Prescription Requirement

CPMA Expresses Serious Concerns Over January 1st Implementation Date for New Security Prescription Requirement


On January 1, 2019, a new California law takes effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number. This new law also requires California physicians who prescribe controlled substances to use updated controlled substance prescription forms effective January 1, 2019.

Although technically, this requirement goes into effect January 1, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) only very recently issued any guidance as to the manner in which the serialized number is going to go on the prescriptions forms.

Physicians were just recently notified that the updated forms were available for purchase from some of the currently approved vendors, with less than two weeks to go before the compliance date. The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) is very concerned that this does not provide enough time for physicians to re-order forms and integrate the use of the new forms for use beginning January 1, 2019. This could be a serious barrier to patients who must access necessary medications in a timely fashion.

CPMA has joined other stakeholders in expressing concern that this guidance was not given in timely enough manner for it to be implemented by qualified prescribers and will result in a serious disruption of patient care. CPMA is urging DOJ to work with the Board of Podiatric Medicine and the California Board of Pharmacy to allow for an adequate transition period for pharmacies to accept prescription forms that are not fully compliant with the new requirement to ensure continuity of care for California patients.

Reordering security prescription forms presents a great expense for many practices. Stakeholders have urged DOJ to work with them to ensure compliance with this new requirement in a way that does not adversely affect patient care.

Physicians should be prepared to make sure their security prescription vendors are ready to comply with the new requirements. CPMA members receive a 15% discount on orders from DOJ approved security prescription printer RxSecurity.  RxSecurity is now taking orders for the new uniquely serialized prescription forms. To order please visit  

https://www.calpma.org/membership/yourmemberbenefits. (Member login required)

CPMA is closely monitoring the situation and will provide additional information as it becomes available.