New Changes Looming for Florida Pain Clinics in Orange County

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pain management clinics in Orange County, Florida can expect to face more regulations in upcoming months. As of March 19, 2012, county lawmakers are planning to make major changes to the way pain management clinics operate in this Central Florida County, in order to minimize prescription drug abuse, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Some of the proposed regulations include:

  • Pain management clinics will be required to provide Orange County with monthly business records documenting the number of prescriptions written for certain drugs, the total number of patients treated and the state where each patient resides.

  • Limiting hours so that pain management clinics will only be allowed to be open on weekdays, from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.

  • New pain management clinics will not be allowed to operate within 1,000 feet of a pre-existing pharmacy, school or day-care center.

  • Property owners, landlords and leasing agents will be required to take reasonable measures to ensure pain clinics or pharmacies are not found in violation of county codes or state laws.

  • Physicians and pharmacists will be required to check Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – a prescription database created in October 2011 – when writing or filling prescriptions for painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone and percocet.

  • Violations of the proposed requirements could carry a criminal penalty, which would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine.

Orange County’s prescription drug task force drafted these proposed regulations, which will be decided by the Orange County Commissions and then, most probably, enacted in the next several months.
 
While these anticipated regulations are being proposed for the stated purpose of making“doctor shopping” more difficult, the changes continue to add to the problems of legitimate physicians, who face more regulatory hurdles and restrictions, and the difficulties of legitimate patients, who are struggling to obtain prescriptions to help alleviate real pain and to treat real medical problems.

For more information on legal matters impacting Florida pain management clinics please visit www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.
 
3/21/2012

Comments:

Response to: New Changes Looming for Florida Pain Clinics in Orange County
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
kim says:

This is absolutely absurd. All this is doing is causing legitimate doctors toget fed up with the b.s. and shut their doors, leaving legitimate patients screwed. meanwhile the drug users just shift their focus to another drug.

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