Florida Finds Funding For Prescription Drug Database

Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 8:59 PM EDT
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Prescription Drug Database Survives Funding Cut

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FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin, at Oklahoma Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla. Sales of the nation�s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients� suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic. From New York�s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is keeping the state's prescription drug database up and running after state legislators decided against funding it.

The Florida Legislature did not set aside any money for the nearly three year old program during the annual session that ended Friday.

Bondi announced Monday that she would use nearly $2 million from a previous legal settlement with Caremark to operate the database. That should be enough to keep the database operating for four years.

Bondi called the database an important tool in battling prescription drug abuse.

The database is designed to help crack down on "pill mills" that sell painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. It's intended to help weed out bogus patients obtaining excessive amounts of drugs.

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