Harrell (R-Stuart) drug database becomes state law after 10-year push

(Representative Gayle Harrell)



Titled “The Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation,” the database was online yesterday for doctors and law enforcement officials.

“Since the law began requiring the state’s 5,000 pharmacists and dispensing practitioners to enter prescriptions for controlled substances into the database on Sept. 1, information about 15 million prescriptions has been collected, Florida Department of Health spokeswoman Jennifer Hirst said. Some of those may have been for earlier prescriptions since the state also encouraged the entry of prescriptions filled earlier than Sept. 1.”

According to The Palm Beach Post, police and prosecutors also can get information from the database when investigating drug-related cases. The Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association are asking doctors to use the program.

“More than seven Floridians die a day due to prescription drug overdose. The launch of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will allow doctors and pharmacies to prevent doctor-shopping and over-prescribing of highly addictive pain medication. Today marks another step forward in Florida’s fight against prescription drug abuse,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

For the complete story: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/florida-doctors-can-now-check-patients-pill-use-1919625.html

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