prescription drug database

DeSantis Signs Bill Providing Attorneys Access To Drug Database

Jun 26, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis
News Service of Florida

A measure that would allow attorneys for the state to have access to a prescription-drug database as they pursue a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid epidemic was among 10 bills signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Drug Database Bill Goes To DeSantis

Jun 14, 2019
Prescription drugs on a shelf
Daylina Miller/WUSF

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday formally received 22 bills from the Legislature, including a measure that Attorney General Ashley Moody has sought to help in a legal fight against the pharmaceutical industry. 

Prescription drugs on a shelf.
Daylina Miller/WUSF

The House on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would give the attorney general access to information in a state prescription-drug database that could help in litigation against the pharmaceutical industry.

Prescription drugs on a shelf
Daylina Miller/WUSF

In a move aimed at helping hospice providers, a Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would create an exemption to a requirement that physicians check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients.

Information from a check of the state’s prescription-drug database was improperly used to convict a man who possessed methadone, the 1st District Court of Appeal says. 

As the News Service of Florida reports, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective testified he used the database to find that Jermey Gene Hardy’s girlfriend did not have a prescription for methadone as he had told police.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is well known for going his own way: He was the only Republican in the Florida House of Representatives last year who broke ranks with the House leaders and voted for a Senate plan that would have covered the poor, using federal dollars.

Florida Legislature
Florida House of Representatives

The 2014 Florida Legislature passed a number of bills relating to health care, most of them modest in scope. 

But at least one that passed will probably save lives: the Child Welfare Act, which in part responds to the deaths of 477 children who were supposed to be under the protection of the Department of Children and Families.

The DCF overhaul had already begun before the session, but was intensified after the Miami Herald published the series Innocents Lost.

Florida’s 2014 Legislative session will start with the typical benign tone that comes during an election year. But it’s unclear if the Republican-led legislature can keep things status quo, the Hearld/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

Judge Kills Suit Threatening Database

Feb 19, 2014
MGN Online

A Florida appeals judge has dismissed a case challenging the release of the prescription drug histories of more than 3,300 patients. His ruling says the government’s interest in regulating drugs outweighs patients’ expectation of privacy.

The original suit was brought by Daytona Beach lawyer Michael Lambert after state attorneys obtained his records from the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database during an unrelated forgery investigation. The state had requested prescription histories of four doctors and their pharmacies.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is backing away from a measure that would have made it more difficult for investigators to get access to Florida's prescription-drug database, the News Service of Florida reports. 

Florida’s Department of Health held a hearing Tuesday for discussion of its proposed rules to tighten privacy of patient names in the state’s prescription drug database, News Service of Florida reports.

Health News Florida on Thursday published an article with the headline "DOH Forgot to Invite Public," concerning a workshop that the agency held early Monday on privacy issues concerning the state's prescription drug database. 

Claude Shipley, who helped create the state's prescription drug database, always shows up when its future is being discussed. But he didn't attend the Department of Health's database hearing on database privacy Monday because he didn't know about it.

In fact, hardly anyone did. DOH held the meeting at 8:30 a.m. on the Monday after a long holiday weekend, didn't tell the press where or when the meeting would take place and failed to put the information notice on  its "public information" website.

The Florida Department of Health, which is in charge of Florida's prescription drug database, held a workshop Monday morning to discuss tightening rules on who has access to it following the leak of thousands of names of patients who were treated at a pain clinic in Volusia County.

The input from today's workshop will be used in another workshop in August, according to Molly Koon Kellogg, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health.   

Florida officials say they’re taking steps to tighten security for the state’s prescription drug database after State Attorney C.J. Larizza released the prescription information of 3,300 people in a drug trafficking case, the Palm Beach Post reports. Law enforcement officials charged only six people in the sting, but their search of the database yielded private records of thousands of individuals who were unrelated to the case.

Criticism of the Department of Health is growing over its release of private prescription information on  3,300 patients to federal and state agencies, and from there to defense attorneys involved in a Volusia County drug case.

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.

The state prescription drug databank, called E-FORSCE, sent personal prescription-drug information on 3,300 Floridians out to prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in six Volusia County drug cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union wants to know why, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The records were released without patients’ knowledge or consent, ACLU says.

Pharmacists, Doctors Ignore Database

Jun 5, 2013

Only one-third of pharmacists and 10 percent of doctors are using Florida's prescription drug database, and that's a serious problem, federal officials told the state Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday.

A consumer member of the board has been working hard to get the board to require such a check, but he didn't get anywhere on Tuesday at the board's meeting in Miami.

Medical regulators have shown no enthusiasm for the requirement, either; during this year's session, Florida legislators squelched a bill that would have required both professions to use the database.

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 Sentinel reports.
 

Unless Speaker Will Weatherford calls up SB 1192 today, the 2-year-old prescription drug database could run out of money. The bill passed unanimously by the Senate would keep it alive and would require pain-clinic doctors to consult it for new patients.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board argues that the database is a critical tool in fighting prescription drug abuse.