Category Archives: Licensing

17 Apr

Community Pharmacy Re-permitting Required Before July 1, 2012

Section 465.018, Florida Statutes was amended in 2011, by HB 7095 to require every community pharmacy that dispenses Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances to be re-permitted by July 1, 2012. All owners, officers, and prescription department managers of the community pharmacy will need to submit fingerprints to the Department of Health as part of the permitting process; and the community pharmacy must implement written policies and procedures for preventing controlled substance dispensing based upon fraudulent representations or invalid practitioner-patient relationships. To avoid disruptions to a business, community pharmacies are advised to begin the permitting process immediately. For assistance and guidance with applying for a community pharmacy permit, developing policies and procedures for preventing controlled substance dispensing fraud and abuse, or to appeal a permit denial or revocation, contact Rafael A. Gaitan, Esq. Mr. Gaitan has over 15 years experience in the health care industry, regularly representing pharmacies and pharmacist before regulatory bodies like the Florida Department of Health, and the Board of Medicine. Mr. Gaitan can be reached via e-mail at rgaitan@gaitanmorales.com or via telephone at 305.329.1462.

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17 Jan

House subcommittee passes bill authorizing the Surgeon General to restrict the license of doctors who over-prescribe narcotics

January 17, 2012.  Today, the House Health & Human Services Quality Subcommittee passed a bill aimed at giving the Surgeon General more power to stop doctors who over-prescribe narcotics, but only after a rewrite removing the word “suspension” — a compromise worked out between the Florida Medical Association and  Department of Health. Under the rewritten version of

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