Tuesday, June 22, 2010
City officials took one more step Tuesday toward regulating the dispensing of prescription drugs.
Through an ordinance that amended the city's zoning rules, Delray Beach closed a loophole in the law that regulates where pain clinics can open and that prohibits them from dispensing prescription drugs onsite.
The new law, passed tentatively on first reading, includes professional or business offices, as well as medical offices, from dispensing drugs categorized by Florida statute as narcotics, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and alprazolam.
"Currently medical offices are prohibited from dispensing drugs on site and this clearly would apply to pain clinics," Planning and Zoning Director Paul Dorling said this week. "But no office should be dispensing drugs one way or another. This is to make sure a medical office doesn't call itself some other type of office and assert that distribution of narcotics or medicines is somehow allowed because is not a medical office." Read Full Story...