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Prescription drug monitoring database set to go forward



With a final order in a bid dispute delivered today by the Department of Health, Florida is set to launch a prescription drug monitoring database that has been delayed since December.

“The database will provide 'shock and awe’ in Florida’s efforts to end the criminal abuse of legal prescription drugs,” said Senate President Mike Haridopolos. “In addition to the Senate’s commitment to the database, pending legislation will strengthen the prescription drug monitoring program and provide even stronger privacy protections for individual Floridians.”

Gov. Rick Scott wanted to stop the monitoring program before it started. He called for the Legislature to repeal a 2009 law mandating the database. The repeal was buried in more than 800 pages of legislation released In early February as part of his budget package slashing $4.6 billion from Florida’s bottom line, even though the program relied on no state funding

The move prompted harsh criticism from those on the front lines of the war on prescription drug abuse. Read more here.

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 4:13pm]


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