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Will House Let Drug Database Die?

Unless the House takes up and passes a Senate bill today that allows pharmaceutical company grants to Florida’s prescription drug database, it could soon run out of money, The South Florida Sun Sentinelreports.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would also require pain-clinic doctors to consult the database for new patients. The database gets no state funding and has been subsisting on private grants.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.