Your Office Can Take Steps Towards Preventing Prescription Pad Abuse
This risk for drug diversion, prescription pad theft, and doctor shopping is on the rise. For this reason, we oblige you to keep your prescription pads secure. Avoid prescription pad abuse in your office with these tips:
Ensure security of prescription pads and RX paper
This sounds like common sense, but the importance of this needs stressed. Simply, you can’t misuse what you can’t find. Require the clinical staff in your office keep their prescription pads in their pocket while working. In addition, unrestricted access to areas in your office poses a potential threat – deter staff from leaving prescription pads on desks, countertops, or in exam rooms.
Lock your prescription paper used for printing in a secure area at all times. Store any extra prescription pads in locked drawers or cabinets at all times and all prescription pads locked up at night.
Use tamper resistant prescription pads to prevent copying
Consider the variety of security measures available when ordering tamper resistant prescription pads. These include:
- A hidden VOID watermark appearing only when a document get copied, scanned, or faxed.
- Fluorescent fibers in the paper of which glow under UV light and prove difficult to print on.
- Microprinting, or characters appearing as a solid line to the naked eye, present individually under magnification. This type of printing creates difficulty when it comes to reproduction, therefore, forged prescriptions only show a solid line which results in easy fraud detection.
- Heat sensitive markers printed with thermochromic ink changes color with applied heat.
Pharmacists receive instructions indicating what to look for to easily detect prescription fraud in regards to these security measures.
Use gel pens when writing prescriptions
Most gel pens use ink with color pigments that quickly absorb into the fibers of any paper. Due to this, washing away old prescriptions with chemical solvents proves ineffective. Using gel pens reduces the risk of patients obtaining a prescription for one medication, washing away that information, and writing in a controlled substance for the purpose of abuse or diversion.
Conduct regular inventory of prescription pads
Create a written or verbal statement regarding monitoring of prescription pad inventory within your practice. To help with inventory, use pads featuring a sequential numbering similar to that of checkbooks. As a result, this feature helps you quickly expose any potential misuse in your practice.
Utilize electronic prescribing of controlled substance (EPCS) software
Looking for an easy way of preventing prescription pad abuse? We suggest not having them available at all. Electronic prescribing of controlled substances eliminates the use of prescription pads while ensuring that the exact prescription you wrote makes it directly to the pharmacy without alteration, diversion, or the opportunity for your DEA number to be compromised.