TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- The Florida House's Appropriations
Committee has approved compromise legislation designed to close "pill mills" that dispense painkillers and other prescription
medications to drug dealers and addicts.
The revised bill (HB 7095) that cleared the panel Tuesday drops
Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to repeal Florida's planned prescription
drug tracking system, which also had been supported by House
Speaker Dean Cannon.
Instead, the measure would strengthen the database, which has
drawn strong support from Attorney General Pam Bondi and Senate
President Mike Haridopolos. It would give pharmacies only seven
days rather than 15 to submit prescription data to the state.
Bondi was on hand to urge approval of the bill, which next goes
to the House floor.
Unchanged is a provision that would ban doctors from dispensing