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Department of Health Enables Physician Designees to Query Drug Database

Fraser Cobbe

Orange County Medical Society

Seminole County Medical Society

The Florida Department of Health has finalized a rule that will enable physicians to use designees to query the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database, E-FORCSE®. The new rule is in response to requests from the physician community to provide greater flexibility for physicians to assign responsibility for reviewing the database to key staff members.

The final version of the rule, effective February 14, 2017, clearly establishes both the process and responsibility physicians assume when assigning a designee to query the database on their behalf.

The rule defines as "designee" as follows:

"Designee" means a person, preferably a licensed or certified health care professional, appointed to act as an agent of a prescriber or dispenser for the purposes of requesting or receiving information from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database, E-FORCSE®.

Our organization strongly encourages members to pay attention to the limitations and legal obligations for appropriate use of the database.

Link to the new rule.

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