New Bill to Combat Florida Pill Mill Reputation

8 May 2011 (Last Updated May 8th, 2011 18:30)

The Florida Senate and House of Representatives have approved a bill to combat the state's prescription drug endemic. The bill, which is hoped to rid Florida of its 'pill-mill' reputation, stiffens penalties for doctors who oversubscribe medication. Leaders of the House and Se

The Florida Senate and House of Representatives have approved a bill to combat the state’s prescription drug endemic.

The bill, which is hoped to rid Florida of its ‘pill-mill’ reputation, stiffens penalties for doctors who oversubscribe medication.

Leaders of the House and Senate made an almost-unanimous agreement on Friday.

Governor Rick Scott said, “By targeting criminals and the highest levels of the illegal prescription drug distribution chain, protecting law-abiding citizens and aiding law enforcement in the battle against this scourge, the House has brought forth a comprehensive strategy that is a real solution and will provide real results to Floridians.

“I am thankful for Attorney General Bondi’s continued efforts to combat the prescription drug problem and for joining me in the creation of a drug strike force.”

A pill mill describes a doctor clinic or pharmacy that is prescribing or dispensing powerful narcotics inappropriately or for non-medical reasons.

The bill bars physicians from dispensing painkillers in their offices or clinics, and it shortens the deadline to report prescriptions to the drug database from 15 days to seven, reports the Wall Street Journal.