By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
According to a posting the Florida Board of Medicine, Department of Health made on its website on July 21, 2015, a physician’s failure to be designated as a “Controlled Substance Provider” in his or her online DOH provider profile, should not prevent pharmacists from filling prescriptions the physician writes for controlled substances.
The posting on its online website sates the following:
“The Department has received numerous calls in recent weeks from physicians expressing concerns that some pharmacists are not filling controlled substance prescriptions if the physician is not listed as a controlled substance prescriber on the practitioner profile on the Department of Health’s website. While there may be many reasons a pharmacist may decide in his or her professional judgment not to fill a prescription, the Department wants to ensure that any confusion concerning the physician registration requirements is addressed.”
The posting on the website goes on to state:
“The lack of a designation on the physician profile concerning controlled substances does not necessarily mean that the physician cannot prescribe controlled substances. Section 456.44, Florida Statutes, requires a physician licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 461 or chapter 466 who prescribes controlled substances listed in Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain, to designate himself or herself as a controlled substance prescribing practitioner on the physician’s practitioner profile. This requirement is applicable only to those physicians that are treating patients for chronic nonmalignant pain. Therefore, physicians that are not treating patients for chronic nonmalignant pain are not required to register and may continue prescribing controlled substances for other diagnoses.”
This type of confusing bureaucratic “guidance” seems as though it will do nothing but cause further confusion, especially to pharmacists. To read the statement from the DOH, click here.
Do you agree with the Department of Health’s statement on their website? Do you think physicians should have a profile on the DOH provider profile in order to prescribe a controlled substance? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.
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Florida Board of Medicine.”Controlled substance prescriber not required on profile”. Department of Health. (July 21, 2015). From:
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