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Senate passes pill mill crackdown, sends to House

by Dara Kam | May 6th, 2011

The Senate unanimously approved a compromise aimed at stripping Florida of its dubious distinction as the “pill mill capital” of the nation as Attorney General Pam Bondi looked on from the dais and two of Gov. Rick Scott’s top aides watched from the public gallery.

The package, a deal reached in the waning hours of the legislative session wrapping up tonight, bans doctors from dispensing highly addictive narcotics and heightens penalties against rogue pain clinics.

“Florida will no longer be known as the pill mill capital of the world,” said the bill sponsor Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. “It will come to an end in the state of Florida.”

Fasano credited Bondi, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and his wife Stephanie, a doctor seated beside Bondi as the vote was taken, for insisting on keeping the state’s prescription drug database over the objections of House Speaker Dean Cannon and Scott.

The measure also requires prescriptions for controlled substances to be written on Department of Health-approved prescription pads or electronically, onsite inspections of pharmacies and a mandatory buy-back period for doctors no longer able to dispense the drugs to get rid of them.

The measure goes back to the House for final approval before it heads to the governor, whose aides said he supports it.

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One Response to “Senate passes pill mill crackdown, sends to House”

  1. terri hanna Says:

    I was in a traumatic m/c crash 12/3/04. The driver was killed instantly. I was ejected over 200 feet. my pelvis fractured(I almost rippred in half)bladder ruptured.I was discharged 10 months later with my bladder falling out(insideout)feet were fractured and wrist.I went to california where they teamd up and saved my life. I was discharged with mrsa oozing out of a rod in my back.developed osteomyleits. I lived in snf getting pic line antibiotics. Had pelvic and sacrum (pelvic floor reconstruction)hardware put in.I have had chronic pain since. I have a r.drop foot that needs fusion. I have a hernia with sutures and mesh pushing through my skin. I do not go TO A PILL MILL. I GO TO MY PREIMARY DOCTOR> I HAVR CHRONIC PELVIV PAIN. I use a cane,brace(does not fit anymore)and wheelchair. I go to a good neighbor pharmacy. I was told 3 weeks ago that due to hb 7095 i can only get 120pills. I am out. they said i needed to get another prescription from my doctor and go to another paharmacy.I can not make it to the doctor and pharmacy due to my worsenening pain and degenerative bone disease and hernia sutures pushing through. I am going broke seeking help for hernia repair and suffering in pain. This is not fair as I am disabled. My medical hystory i can write a book.my anatomy is not normal.I have internal injuries with possible mesh erosion.my foot is worsening and pressure sore.I can not plan surgery without post op pain management. I need chronic pain medication and my pharmacy that i just went to and was told i could not get the other half.I read that patients that have surgery haveing anesthesia should be able to get there meds. Drug addicts should be in a differnt catigory then me that needs medication just to walk a few feet to the bathroom I can not move in the morning untill my roxycodone works.I can not make coffee or go to bathroom.I am a fall risk now.I am disabled and my back is killing me typing this.I can not take pain anymore as i am out of my medication.do i go to emergency room..I should have a special medical card*excempt from pill mill and allowed my rest of medication. I need an increase not decrese.they stopped makeing my roxycodone liquid…then changed formulation on op 80. they do not work :( …. I need help and going broke trying to get it as i have to travel. I am a conservative. I sat next to jeb bush on a flight and he saw me crying/moaning on a flight. I recentley came back on another flight requesting upgrade as i e-mailed special assistance and customer service pleading for an upgrade explaiing i have a imobilized leg,chronic pelvic pain and sutures getting ready to push through.i was put in a bulkhead on l.side of plane no lef room and it says in my profile i need a l.isle and first/buisness class is not only requested but is medically needy. I was crying and ready to get off plane..i was number 11 on standby…disabled with medically needy should have priority to there travel needs over executve and platnum.I was slumped crying 5 hours with my head in my knees the whole trip.Aflac will not pay me the money they owe me or give me the conversion policy.I need my medication…I am in poor condition and have a re-acumulation of a pancreatic pseudocyst and have abdominal pain on top of pelvic,back and muscle and joint pain.am i supposed to go back to my doctor and get another prescription then go looking for the other half? I can not do that as i also have chronic fatigue/pain. Please help me.Please approve my whole prescription at good neighbor pharmacy. They are located in many hospitals and my insurance covers the quanity…it is hb 7095 stopping me.please approve me…I am suffering…I can not live like this.. couldn’t live like this before…I have no quality of life.this is causing me more stress and i have anxiety/panic disorder. I waa told benzodiazapine family is not covered by medicair. I guess i am supposed to freak out while I am in pain…i was told i should have been able to get the second half on the 3rd by my insurance…pharmacy could and would not do it.If another prescription needed this crackdown on pill mills will not work as they are physically able to(addicts)get the other precription. I am in no condition for this. I am planning a trip for help on hernia repair…can i get my whole prescription on mail order? My degenertive bone disease is worsening and i need an increade not a decrease. This is going to endander my life..I will go through serious withdrawl putting me at risk for convulsions or stroke. I have a heart valve taht is narrowing. I am haveing muscle spasms. my s.Fl hospitals will not acknowledge
    my pelvis/abdomen and neglect,refuse care or failed to diagnose or treat me. I am tired of runaround and suffering in pain….please give me my pain medication that is medically needed. I will need home health care and in the long run this will increase stress on hospital e.r.’s and home health. I am the only one left alive my son has…he needs me. He has anxiety seeing me try to get care and crying in pain. I try to hide it from him. he took me to dinner and i had to pretend i was haveing fun..I had to eat but I am afraid to eat because I am haveing intestinal problem.PLEASE HELP ME <3 sincerly,Terri Hanna(chronic pain)

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