By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state of Florida could soon begin
tracking prescription drugs handed out by pharmacies and clinics as
part of a crackdown on "doctor shopping."

A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 897) that
requires the state to spend $4 million to create a prescription
drug database. Pharmacies would be required to tell the state
within 15 days who got drugs and what kind of drugs they received.

State lawmakers backing the database say that there is a need to
start tracking the use of prescription drugs because of a growing
number of deaths from legally prescribed drugs. Data from 2008
shows that more people died from prescription drugs than illegal

But some legislators say the proposed database would not alert
authorities quickly enough about suspicious activity.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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