The state of Florida currently follows federal requirements for prescription pads as set forth by the CMS. In addition to federal requirements, the state of Florida requires the following:

The counterfeit-proof prescription pad or blank must contain the following information:

  • The preprinted name, address and category of professional licensure of the prescribing practitioner or the name and address of the healthcare facility;
  • A space for the prescribing practitioner’s name if not preprinted and federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration number for controlled substances;

A unique tracking identification number for each order on the front of the counterfeit-proof prescription pad or blank. The number must consist of three subsets: (1) a unique alphabetic prefix that readily identifies the vendor, (2) the date of printing, and (3) a batch number.

The alpha prefix used to identify the vendor will be assigned by the department and must appear in upper case. The date of printing must immediately follow the vendor’s unique alpha identifier and must be presented in six character numerical field using the format YR/MO/DY. The batch number assigned by the vendor must immediately follow the print date and consist of numerical characters and must not contain spaces or special characters (e.g., dashes, periods, commas, slashes, alpha characters). From left to right, the tracking identification number must appear as alpha prefix, print date, and then batch number, with no blank spaces between subsets.

  • Prescriptions in Florida must be written on a tamper-resistant form from a state approved vendor.
  • Prescription pads for the state of Florida also must contain 6 quantity check-off boxes with the following values:
    • 1-24
    • 25-49
    • 50-74
    • 75-100
    • 101-150
    • 151 and over

State Requirements

All states are required to meet the baseline standards set forth by the CMS. Several states have Prescription Monitoring Programs that require prescription pads to have specific security features.

For in-depth information regarding specific state requirements choose from the list below.


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