Florida's Pill Mill Problem So Bad That Oxy Maker Agrees to Pay to Have Pills Tracked

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The drug company that makes OxyContin seems more concerned about Florida's drug epidemic than the governor.

First, the manufacturer began reformulating its pill to prevent snorting or shooting the drug. Now, the company, Purdue Pharma, has offered $1 million to help fund Florida's prescription drug tracking system. Purdue will provide $500,000 a year for the next two

years to fund the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

The announcement came on the heels of a Florida Judge's decision on Tuesday that may have cleared the way for the tracking system, despite dubious ambivalence from Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon.

John H. Stewart, the president and CEO of Purdue, said that he hopes to mitigate whatever financial constraints that may prevent Governor Scott from implementing the program.

"We appreciate the financial position, but at the same time believe that a prescription drug monitoring program in Florida can help curb prescription drug abuse in that state and other states as well," Stewart said in a statement released by Purdue. "It is our hope that this effort can become part of a larger public/private partnership to address the abuse and diversion of prescription medications."

When asked about some of Governor Scott's non-financial concerns regarding the PDMP, Purdue spokesman Jim Heins said that the company prefers not to weigh in on the state legislature's ideological views.

But he added:

"There are plenty of other states that have prescription drug monitoring programs  and still have the capacity to protect patients' privacy."

In addition to the $1 million for Florida's PDMP, Purdue is giving another $1 million grant to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to fund a system that will create interoperability between the 42 states that already have PDMPs. 
 

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My2
My2

For those of you who are not educated about Oxy..google the 643million dollars Purdue was ordered to pay and WHY..it is the why that should concern you. They covered up how addictive this drug was and how it really worked in the body..I agree you make the choice to use a drug illicitly the first time, but the makers knew what it could do and yet it is still produced and easily obtained on the street..meanwhile, Purdue still makes billions..Bottom line is just that..bottom line..money. Do not gives kudos to a company who was put on probation for 5 years..btw that was issued in 2007..they are doing their 'good deeds' now?  And yes, they did create the problem, knowingly.  It is not a good or safe drug..but for the millions who suffer from chronic pain ( much of which could probably be attributed to TMS or lack of exercise and poor diet), it would be the 'easiest' alternative rather than taking a closer look at lifestyle and mental well being..

bsmith
bsmith

First off we need a new Governor for the State of Florida , When you look at Rick Scott's eyes what do you see? I see a truly devious individual.  , I truly believe he so involved in all the pain clinics in this state that it would blow your mind. All the so called pain clinics need to be shut down . I don't know when they all started popping up . But there is 303 in a 30 mile radius , thats Clearwater and St .Petersburg , it's truly insane that  there  are so many Dr's that would risk all their years in med school to be pill pushers. Young people die every day from these pill's and no one is doing anything about it. Do you really think Rick Scott would do something to lesson his income ? Not a chance in hell, And while on the subject of substances , what about the K2 drug sold in conveinent stores , ok so it's a incence right? Then why do they keep it in with the pipes and other paraphanelia. I swear this country  is turning up side down and as long as we have goverment officials in office that don't give a dam , we will self construct. We won't have to worry about the end of world , They will end it with drugs.

Kippe9888
Kippe9888

When will this stop? More and more people are flying to fl. to get prescription drugs and flying home to sell at large profit. How can this be controlled. 

Outsource Giuliani
Outsource Giuliani

It's odd for Purdue Pharma to be concerned re addiction issues w/ Oxycontin as they were sued by Feds for failing to discuss data pertaining to drug being highly addictive and deadly - But nothing beats the hypocrisy of Rudy Giuliani, who defended them as he rose to fame prosecuting drug dealers in Southern District of NY - Purdue and Giuliani suffered a crushing defeat to a relatively unknown US Attorney from Virginia and paid a mega fine. Giuliani has amassed millions defending the Saudis ( of 9/11 infamy) and Halliburton - such a patriotic American

Recall Rick Scott
Recall Rick Scott

They track Sudafed purchases so why not Rx drugs - bet Rick Scott has something to hide - like his name or Solantic's from being revealed in Pill-Mill database

Sam
Sam

Purdue Pharma pledged this money a long time ago (3-4 years ago) when there was litigation with the State of Florida. Purdue did not create this problem any more than Ford is responsible for drunk driving. OxyContin is a good and safe drug for the millions of people who have severe and long-lasting pain.

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

42 other states have this already? but Scott is against it? somethings fishy.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Long time coming for Purdue, who is largely responsible for creating the problem in the first place.

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