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A law passed for medicaid prescriptions has been delayed

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A law passed earlier this year requiring all medicaid prescriptions to be written on special paper has been delayed.

The pharmacies and doctors were not ready for the change. The new law that was supposed to go into effect on October 1st now won't be starting until April of 2008

The law states that all medicaid prescriptions must be written on tamper resistant paper. This new prescription pad uses chemical techniques to prevent copies from being made the word void shows if they are. The new pads have watermarks and stains appear if anything is erased. But distribution of these pads put a delay on the start of this law.

The delay will allow the senate to discuss how they are going to distribute these pads and make sure that doctors and pharmacists are ready for the change. They will also be discussing the possibility of making this a law for all health care providers not just medicaid.