Pharmacies refusing scrips. The Medical Board of California notified prescribers of new secure controlled substance prescription pad requirements (AB 1753) going into effect January 1 – only the notice wasn’t sent out until December 28, leaving many prescribers scrambling to meet patient needs for medication in the new year. Pharmacies may, and some have, refused to fill non-compliant scrips that WERE compliant a few short weeks ago. Compounding the crisis is an apparent reduction in authorized printers of compliant subscription pads. Help is on the way. The CPA in concert with other groups like the California Medical Association are working to alleviate the crisis.