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Database of prescription drug sales
FLORIDA -- A database that tracks the sale of prescription pain pills in Florida is facing an uncertain future.
For two years, Florida has kept a database of who is being prescribed dangerous narcotics.
Funding has come from private sources...
The database was about to run out of money, when lawmakers championed the cause.
Legislators sent a half million dollars to fund the database, right before the session ended.
The problem is the database is lumped together with several controversial items that could bring a veto.
"Because in one case, we are actually able to charge a nurse who had been using the database posing as a doctor so it ended up helping the physician."
If the database funding is not vetoed lawmakers want to make changes.
They want to mandate that the database is checked before the doctors write the first prescription for narcotics.
Right now only four percent of doctors are using the database to see if their patients are doctor shopping.