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Commission announces changes to prescriptions written in Washington

Thursday, March 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Commission announces changes to prescriptions written in Washington

OLYMPIA – The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (Commission) has put its seal of approval on an updated solution designed to ensure prescriptions’ security and validity.

The change acknowledges that plain-paper printing solutions, which comply with the security characteristics of tamper-resistant prescription paper as state law requires, can be approved for use in Washington State. 

In considering plain-paper printing solutions, the Commission recognized an opportunity to update its seal of approval.  The seal of approval (seal) identifies prescription paper and pads that include one or more industry-recognized features to prevent unauthorized copying, erasure or modification, and prevent counterfeiting. Unless otherwise exempted by law, all prescriptions written in this state for dispensing by a pharmacist must be written on Commission-approved tamper-resistant prescription paper with the seal.

Vendors must receive Commission approval of tamper-resistant prescription pads, paper or plain paper printing solutions before engaging in marketing or sales in Washington State. The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission grants authority to use its seal of approval only to those entities whose prescription paper, pads or plain paper print solutions are approved. 

The updated design of the seal is comparable to the original introduced in 2010, with one significant change. The new seal will still include the mortar and pestle as an artificial watermark and an outline of the state map, but it will no longer require green thermochromic ink.  The Commission hopes this change will reduce the cost of printing.

Stock of the previously approved seal may be used up before switching to the new seal.

Please see the Commission’s website for more information or contact the Pharmacy Commission at

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