Ohio Senate Approves Bill as Physicians', Pharmacy's Licenses Suspended

As the Ohio Senate unanimously approved legislation regarding pain management clinics, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency suspended the licenses to prescribe and distribute controlled substances of several Ohio physicians and a pharmacy, according to a Plain Dealer report.

The legislation would require pain management clinics to obtain a license, limit the amount of controlled substances a physician could provide within a certain timeframe and establish a take-back program for unused drugs. The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill, as is Gov. John Kasich.

Separately, the DEA raided a physician's office and pharmacy for prescription drug abuse. The agency suspended four physicians' licenses and a pharmacy's license to prescribe certain controlled substances because the DEA deemed the situation a threat to public safety and health, according to the report.

Read the Plain Dealer report on Ohio's efforts to curb prescription drug abuse.

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