pharmacies rejecting secure prescription forms
Select pharmacies have begun rejecting prescriptions for Schedule II medications when the secure form does not include the required check-box for quantity. According to the California Board of Pharmacy, the quantity check-box is an existing legal requirement, however some printers were issuing prescription pads with other options for designating quantity. Certain pharmacies are now refusing to fill prescriptions written on the out of compliance forms. If you are in possession of forms that do no specifically have check-box options for quantity, you should contact your printer immediately to secure new forms. In the meantime, patients having difficulty filling a prescription on a form without the check-box option may have success at a different pharmacy.
Below is the language of the current statue:
(7) (A) Six quantity check off boxes shall be printed on the form so that the prescriber may indicate the quantity by checking the applicable box where the following quantities shall appear: 1-24 25-49 50-74 75-100 101-150 151 and over. (B) In conjunction with the quantity boxes, a space shall be provided to designate the units referenced in the quantity boxes when the drug is not in tablet or capsule form.