On January 1, 2019, a new California law (AB 1753) took 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.
The legislation did not include any transition or grandfathering period to allow for continued use of old controlled substance security prescription forms on or after January 1. And although this requirement went into effect January 1, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) only very recently issued any implementation guidance to security prescription printers.

The California Board of Pharmacy recently said it would “not make enforcement a priority” if pharmacists choose to fill prescriptions written on security prescription forms that were compliant prior to January 1, but are not compliant with the new serialization requirement.

ACCMA's/CMA's security prescription partner, RxSecurity, is now taking orders for the new uniquely serialized prescription forms. Members receive 15 percent off their order. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact David Lopez, ACCMA Associate Director of Advocacy and Policy at dlopez@accma.org or (510) 654-5383.