'Doctor Shopping' Bill Passed in Florida Senate

By: AP
By: AP

The Florida Senate wants to slow down what it sees as rampant abuse of prescription drugs.

The Senate passed a bill, SB 462, Friday 39-0 that would authorize the state Department of Health to track prescription drugs handed out by pharmacies and clinics as part of a crackdown on "doctor shopping."

Pharmacies would be required to tell the state within 15 days who received the drugs and what drugs were prescribed.

Lawmakers say tougher standards are needed because of a growing number of deaths from legally prescribed drugs. Authorities say out-of-state residents from throughout the Southeast come to Florida to obtain narcotics because their states track the drugs.

A similar House proposal, HB 897, still faces floor debate.

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  • by SoutEast Location: palm beach on Sep 17, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    The government dont tell you that most overdoses from pills are a combination of illegal drugs plus the pills usually cocaine.Almost every overdose I have heard of from here in South Florida,is from pills & cocaine.I had a friend overdose (killed himself)by taking pills & cocaine.So people need to stop blaming it on just pills its other drugs also.
  • by melissa Location: pc on Apr 30, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Did anyone happen to notice that it puts almost every doc in the pain mgmt. field out of business unless they are part of a hospital or board certified in pain mgmt. Docs in PC aren't certified!
  • by David Location: PanamaCity beach on Apr 25, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    I hate to give up my personal freedom but if it will help the people who actually need these meds. I support. It has gotten to the point that Doctors are afraid to prescribe pain medication for fear of problems with the government and so people who really need these drugs can't get them
  • by Christine Location: Panhandle of Florida on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    As a pharmacist practicing in a retail pharmacy in Florida, I am very supportive of this bill. Majority of my day can be consumed calling to find what patients have filled at other pharmacies and with other doctors. I would rather spend 20 minutes every few days to upload this information than deal with patients who are wasting my time and doctors time trying to get the prescriptions. This could save the state money in the end. I have thought several times about writing the FLBOP about having a system like this but I don't have the time, imagine that!! The people abusing these medications are on the road driving with my family and friends out there also! Its dangerous!
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