Law requiring Florida pharmacists to send drug information to state starts Thursday

Dara Kam reports:

More than two years after lawmakers created it, a statewide prescription drug database will go live Thursday, sort of.

Pharmacists and dispensing practitioners must begin entering data for more than 100 prescription drugs with potential for abuse into the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP. But doctors won’t be able to access that information before prescribing pain medications to their patients for at least another six weeks, according to state health officials.

The program is launching after narrowly escaping efforts to kill it earlier this year. Citing privacy concerns and other objections, Gov. Rick Scott and House GOP leaders, including Speaker Dean Cannon, wanted to stop the drug database from ever going on-line.

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