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Docs: Painkiller Crackdown Too Disruptive

Some doctors are complaining that crackdowns on prescription drug abuse in Florida make treating patients more difficult, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Pharmacies, which have tightened rules after record fines from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, are second-guessing prescribing practices, sometimes by asking to see medical records, questioning patient addresses, or refusing service completely, the Times reports.

According to the Times, The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine and the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are trying to organize a meeting with pharmacy associations, the DEA, and state Attorney General Pam Bondi to discuss finding a solution.

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