Three Dozen Florida Pain Clinics Close Under New State Law

Around three dozen pain clinics have had their licenses revoked or have closed since Florida officials started enforcing a state law that limits ownership of pain clinics, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.

The law was passed as part of an effort to stop pain clinic operators who inappropriately dispensed large amounts of prescription narcotics. Under the new legislation, state health officials have sent letters to 204 pain clinics since September, notifying them of the change and letting them know their licenses could be revoked. To keep their licenses, clinics must show they are owned by state-licensed physicians or meet licensing standards through the state agency that regulates hospitals.

According to the report, most of the clinics that received warnings appear to have fixed their problems. State documents indicate that approximately three dozen have closed or lost their licenses.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report on Florida pain clinics.

Read more on pain clinic legislation:

-Georgia City Wants Ban on Pain Management Clinics

-Florida Board of Medicine Comes Down Hard on Pain Physicians Guilty of Fraud

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