Attorney General Ashley Moody Will be Able to Use Patient Records in Lawsuit Against Drug Companies
Under a law that takes effect July 1, Florida’s attorney general will be able to access some patient information in a lawsuit against drug companies.
Florida claims drug manufacturers like Purdue Pharma and pharmacies like Walgreen and CVS contributed to the opioid crisis.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law this week.
It will give Moody access to the Florida Department of Health database called the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
It’s used by doctors and pharmacists to record when they dispense opioids to patients.
Moody will be able to use this information about how frequently these drugs are used in civil or criminal lawsuits against drug companies.
Statement on @GovRonDeSantis signing HB 1253 into law, giving the OAG access to limited information from Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Database to be used under protective order in the state’s ongoing opioid litigation: pic.twitter.com/molBaD25C2
— Fla. AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) June 25, 2019
The state is currently suing companies like Purdue Pharma, Walgreen, and CVS who they say used irresponsible marketing and distribution practices to sell these drugs.
Only a person’s unique identifier, zip code or birth year will be linked to the records-and even this information could only be released during discovery.
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