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    Rx database deal reached

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published November 2, 2002

    Attorney General Bob Butterworth announced an agreement Friday with OxyContin distributor Purdue Pharma to develop a software program to track doctors who improperly prescribe medications and the patients who seek them.

    Purdue will provide $2-million to develop the database software, which Florida then would provide free to any other state that wanted it, said CeCe Dykas, assistant deputy attorney general.

    The Legislature still would have to pass a bill spelling out which prescriptions to track and whether to track just doctors who prescribe or to include patients and pharmacies. A bill that would have authorized collecting the information failed last year amid concerns about patient privacy.

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