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House committee gives initial OK to pill mill bill

by Dara Kam | March 10th, 2011

The House Health and Human Services Committee gave a preliminary nod to a measure backed by House Speaker Dean Cannon that would limit physicians’ ability to dispense drugs and scrap current laws regulating pain management clinics.

The measure (PCB HHSC 11-03) would also allow felons to own and operate “pill mills,” a prohibition lawmakers passed two years ago after it was reported that some of the clinics were owned by convicted drug dealers.

The committee is getting ready to pass a second measure (PCB HHSC 11-04) that would repeal the state’s yet-to-be implemented prescription drug database.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has insisted he wants to get the database up and running and is willing to spend the $500,000 a year to operate it although lawmakers barred any state money to fund the program.

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5 Responses to “House committee gives initial OK to pill mill bill”

  1. Wow Says:

    Less oversight of ‘pain clinics’ and felons can join the gravy train? The drug pusher lobby must have put some oxycodone in Tallahassee’s drinking water. Party on, Florida!

  2. oreally Says:

    Reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be a strong point for many people. They want to ban hard drugs completely from these pill mills and removing counter legislation is part of it.
    They want to remove the scourge of these hard drugs from the hands of the dealers.

  3. rjr Says:

    One word describes this committee,…SICK

  4. papabear Says:

    Doubt Haridopolos moves on anything that ends the database. And that seems like a good thing to me.

  5. Steven Says:

    Dave Aronburg had a Senate Bill last year HB143 for a free real time biometric system being offered to pharmacy’s in Florida that catches fake ID and never uses patient personal information thereby making it the most HIPAA advanced system ever. The free system is offered by biotech medical software at University of Central Florida BioScriptRx com This system doesn’t need new laws or cost the tax payers a penny. BioScriptRx only uses the finger scan for patient ID. That finger can only go to one doctor and it checks to see if that finger has been to another doctor. Until we stop fake ID and will only have a band-aid and people will die. This is the same system that our new Drug Czar backed as a Senator in a senate Bill HB 143 last year. If Gov. Scott really cares this system answers his questions about a dadabase

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