The Florida Medical Association has responded to a letter sent by state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, encouraging state medical groups to use a newly implemented prescription drug monitoring database (aka E FORCSE).

About E Forcse Florida

In a letter written yesterday, the Association Executive Vice President Timothy Stapleton writes that his group “fully supports the implementation of EForcse and strongly encourages [its] members to utilize this new tool.”

The words echo a letter recently penned by the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, which is also encouraging the use of the database.

E Fasano’s chief legislative aide, Greg Giordano, calls the Florida Medical Association “an integral part” of the passage of the three bills that ultimately led to the creation of the database and the pill mill restrictions.

Request for an Account Registration

In 2009 Legislature took the initiative to encourage safe drug abuse and controlled by substances the state of Florida. The dispensing information is submitted for consultation by prescribers to the database. The program was known as the Florida drug Monitoring Program (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program). 

Look for the following steps to request and create an account:

  1. Open your browser and type the following URL in the address bar.
  2. Look at the menu bar and Click the practitioner/Pharmacist& Designeelink.
  3. A window similar to the following is displayed:
  4. Read the terms and conditions, click the link to open and read. 
  5. Click the Registration Sitelink after reading the terms and conditions and then open a login window. Now login there.

As Part of the State’s Plan

to curb the illicit distribution of prescription drugs, It allows state health care professionals to query the database for any indication that a patient is engaging in the practice of “doctor shopping” in order to accumulate prescription drugs.

Requirements of Doctors for EForcse

There is no requirement that doctors must utilize the database prior to writing a prescription, however.

“With the two major medical associations encouraging their members to consult the drug monitoring program database when it goes online, Sen.

Fasano hopes that the three main goals of the database (saving lives, cutting down on doctor shopping and improving patient care) will have the greatest chance of being realized,” says Giordano.

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