Sweeping Measure Addresses Prescription Pills

Oct 15, 2017
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Doctors would be limited to prescribing seven days' worth of opioids for patients with acute pain and would have to check a statewide database before ordering most prescription pain medications, under a proposal filed Friday in the state House.

Broward County doctor accused of illegally distributing pills

Jun 23, 2017

An 84-year-old doctor in Broward County is accused of illegally distributing $10 million worth of pain pill prescriptions.

The Florida Department of Health wants to tighten security on the state’s prescription drug database after names and prescriptions histories of 3,000 were released last year to attorneys after a multi-agency drug sting, the News Service of Florida reports. The new restrictions lay out terms of use for law enforcement agencies and officials, including requiring training before law enforcement could access the database. As Dara Kam with News Service reports, DOH had wanted to require court orders to access the database, but that idea was rejected by the Florida Legislature.

A man running a Winter Garden pain clinic intimidated a doctor on his payroll so intensely she prescribed powerful narcotics as she herself was being treated at a hospital, she told investigators.

Another in the “Innocents Lost” series by The Miami Herald, which began last weekend, tells the story of a 5-year-old girl who died despite warnings to the Department of Children and Families. The reporting team found 477 children in Florida died over six years after their families were warned of danger.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants an L.A. clothing boutique to stop in-store and online sales of a T-shirt that looks like a sports jersey, but instead of the names of athletes, it features the brand names of prescription drugs. As the Tampa Tribune reports, Bondi and other attorneys general got Urban Outfitters to halt sales of prescription pads and pill bottle items earlier this year. 

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Two separate Florida pill mill trials are winding down.  In West Palm Beach, a federal jury is expected to begin deliberations this morning in the trial of Dr. Cynthia Cadet of Parkland and Dr.

The Columbus Dispatch

Urban Outfitters, a retail chain known for carrying humorous, yet sometimes controversial products, is under the spotlight for its “Prescription Line.” Attorney General Pam Bondi and 22 other AGs wrote a letter to the store asking them to stop all sales of products that mimic prescription pill bottles and pads, saying that the products “undermine” the efforts to combat prescription drug abuse, the Miami Herald reports.