Florida Drug Database Implemented
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.September 1, 2011
A statewide database of patient prescription information will become mandatory in Florida today, ABC Action News reports. Aiming to curb the illegal sale of prescription drugs, the new measure requires pharmacies to send weekly reports to a state database of every controlled prescription drug sold, the report states, including painkillers, sleep aids and steroids. Patient name, drug, dosage and doctor will be included in the report. One pharmacy customer said he's not concerned about privacy if security is enhanced, while another woman said, "This is another invasion to where they're able to get our information."