Calls for doctor-prescription database raise privacy warnings

It’s surprisingly easy for a patient in Florida to get numerous prescriptions of the same drug filled, sometimes in the same day.

Florida is among 15 states that don’t have a government-run centralized database that links all doctors and pharmacies to combat doctor shopping.

Twice it’s been proposed in the state legislature, failing to pass both times.

“There’s an easy way to address this problem, but the state has not made it a priority because there are some privacy concerns, and that’s really just ignorance,” said state Sen. Dave Aronberg, D- Greenacres. “We can save lives and money (by eliminating lengthy investigations) if we implement the database.”

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