Doctor, patient frustration over pain med access leads to pharmacy rule change Print
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

The Florida Board of Pharmacy recently approved a rule change designed to help patients get the pain medications they need.
The rule, which grew out of claims from frustrated patients and their physicians, is aimed at training pharmacists to change the way they look at prescribing controlled substances - from one of finding reasons to reject prescriptions, to one of making sure patients get the medications they need.
The board, in writing its rule, said "pharmacists should not fear disciplinary action from the board, or other state regulatory or enforcement agencies, for dispensing controlled substances for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice."

However, pharmacists still must take proper steps to determine that the prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose. One way would be to access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program's database.
If a pharmacist believes that a prescriber is involved in the diversion of controlled substances, he or she has the obligation to report the prescriber to the Florida Department of Health.

The rule change comes in response to growing complaints from patients, doctors and pharmacists after a federal crackdown on so-called "pill mills"...
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:48