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New Pain Law
The Board of Medicine announced July 7, 2011 that implementation of the new prescription law will be delayed until August 29.
As of August 29, all prescriptions for controlled substances must be on approved tamper-proof pads or electronically prescribed. Below is a copy of the law, as well as the link to the list of approved vendors of tamper-proof pads.
(2) A written prescription for a controlled substance 244 listed in chapter 893 must have the quantity of the drug 245 prescribed in both textual and numerical formats, must be dated 246 with the abbreviated month written out on the face of the 247 prescription, and must be either written on a standardized 248 counterfeit-proof prescription pad produced by a vendor approved 249 by the department or electronically prescribed as that term is 250 used in s. 408.0611. As a condition of being an approved vendor, 251 a prescription pad vendor must submit a monthly report to the 252 department which, at a minimum, documents the number of 253 prescription pads sold and identifies the purchasers. The 254 department may, by rule, require the reporting of additional 255 information.
Congratulations are in order for our fellow physician and colleague, Dr. Ralph Massullo. Dr. Massullo, an active member of the a past president of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and past president of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, was successfully election to the Florida House of Representatives in November and will serve in House District 34. This district includes all of Citrus County and a portion of Hernando County.