Florida hospice doctors seek exemption from drug database

Less than a year after the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping bill that requires physicians to check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors who care for dying people.

It’s not because the requirement is burdensome for the doctors, said Stephen Leedy, a board-certified hospice and palliative care physician. Instead, it’s because checking the prescription-drug database each time controlled substances are ordered…

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