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Health Dept. Owes Explanation for Data Breach

Florida's prescription drug database has made a good beginning at unmasking doctor-shoppers who rip off the system and reveal the identities of health-care providers who are pushing narcotics. But its existence is tenuous, and the recent unwarranted release of patient information to attorneys in a drug case has  jeopardized its future, the Sun-Sentinel editorial boardsays.

The agency charged with responsibility for the database's security is the Florida Department of Health. The agency owes the public a full explanation.

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