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Domino/Aronberg Prescription Drug Validation Plan Saves Lives, Protects Privacy, Costs Less
Date:3/24/2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's failure to adopt an effective prescription drug validation system has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. But bipartisan legislation pending in the Legislature would bury Florida's costly crisis of rampant prescription drug fraud and doctor shopping.

"It is time to stop Floridians from dying from illegally obtained prescription drugs," said Rep. Carl Domino, a Jupiter Republican and sponsor of House Bill 143. "New technology is less costly, protects consumer privacy, and is in real time and cannot be defeated by a false identification."

HB 143 and Senate Bill 614, sponsored by Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Greenacres Democrat, clamp down on fraud and abuse by requiring an innovative but simple-to-use system that would simultaneously protect patients, prescribing pharmacists and health-care professionals, and Florida taxpayers.

The two lawmakers, along with other proponents of their bills came together in the Florida Capitol to discuss how their bills will save lives and money while carefully protecting citizens' privacy rights.

The Domino/Aronberg bills require dispensers to use inexpensive biometric scanning devices -- fingerprints or retinal scans, for example -- to biologically identify people attempting to fill prescriptions for Class II, III or IV controlled substances. These include such powerful painkillers as Vicodin and OxyContin, which law enforcement officials say have become the prescription drugs of choice among teenagers in search of a high.

Too often, however, prescription drug abuse leads to tragedy. In the first half of 2008 alone, the drug oxycodone was involved in more than 10 percent of all 4,055 drug-related deaths in Florida, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.

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