One of the last bills enacted by lawmakers on Friday night provides a half million dollars for a prescription drug database.
The database has been privately funded for two years and is credited with lowering deaths in Florida. It was in danger of running our of money without the appropriation, which State Rep. Mike Fasano says is critical.
“Not only are we allowing state dollars to be used, we are funding it as well. A database that has been successful, a database that is saving lives in this state will be able to continue to that,” said Rep. Mike Fasano.
Pharmacists are required to enter who is getting narcotic prescriptions into the database, but doctors are not required to consult it before prescribing to patients.