New rules in effect for Florida pharmacists

Florida pharmacists are now dealing with changes that went into effect on Christmas Eve. Every pharmacist must now take a mandatory 2-hour training class every 2 years, going over ways to ensure legitimate patients get their medication.

Florida pharmacists are now dealing with changes that went into effect on Christmas Eve. Every pharmacist must now take a mandatory 2-hour training class every 2 years, going over ways to ensure legitimate patients get their medication. Before pharmacists can reject a prescription, they are now required to first talk to the patient's doctor to try to resolve any concerns. Pharmacists are urged to use a state database established to crack down on pharmacy shopping and abuse. "I think this goes a long way in really clarifying what's expected of the pharmacist," says Gavin Meshad with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Linda Lazuka, a board member with the Florida Pharmacy Association, thinks the rule will empower pharmacists and hopefully eliminate concerns many have expressed about being targeted by law enforcement and DEA.