Pill mill bill deal imminentby Dara Kam | May 2nd, 2011
House and Senate leaders are close to reaching agreement on a pill mill crack-down package, according to Sen. Mike Fasano, the Senate sponsor.
“We’re almost there,” Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said Tuesday evening.
The final bill will likely do away with the House’s cap on the number of doses pharmacies can dispense of highly addictive pain medications, including oxycodone; include the House’s prohibition on using pharmaceutical manufacturers’ money to pay for the state’s drug database; and include a compromise on the House’s ban on physicians dispensing powerful pain medications.
The deal now would exempt physicians who perform surgery in their offices from the dispensation ban, including those who use local anesthesia, Fasano said.
The House already passed its version (HB 7095). The Senate could vote on Fasano’s bill (SB 818), make the changes, and send it back to the House as early as tomorrow.