DearSenator Joe Negron
Myname is Charlie Taylor, a constituent in the state of Florida. I amwriting this letter in support of SB614 – Controlled substancesbill filed by Representative Pigman, the Chair of Health QualityCommittee on 2nd February 2015 (Knol, 2015). This legislation isinstrumental in addressing or removing some of the old verbiagecontained in the SS464.
Forover 22 years, lobbyists for this bill have persistently worked toensure that it is passed and signed into law. Currently, thelegislative that is in place only allows nurses to alter drugtherapies. Nonetheless, the controlled substances bill will empowernursing practitioners such that they will have the authority ofprescribing, dispensing, administering or ordering drugs. For thatreason, passing the bill is another crucial milestone made in theState of Florida because it will allow physician assistants as wellas the advanced registered nurse practitioners to prescribecontrolled substances (The Professional Staff of the Committee onHealth Policy, 2015).
Equallyimportant, I support the legislation because it will considerablyexpand the availability of services to patients by providing anappropriate platform where skilled nursing practitioners withappropriate training will satisfy the needs of their clients.Evidently, there is an acute shortage in the total number of primarycare physicians needed to provide a national average level ofattention in the State of Florida. Thus, passing the legislation isessential because it will effectively address the shortfall byexpanding the scope or categories of individuals with the right toprescribe drugs to patients. Also, the bill will fasten the processand make it more efficient because it will shorten the time patientshave to wait before they are served (The Professional Staff of theCommittee on Health Policy, 2015).
Moreimportantly, I support the bill because it will give nursingpractitioners the powers to decide the brand of drugs which should bedispensed unlike the two previous bills, SB532 and HB281 where thesehealthcare professionals were under close supervision in executingtheir tasks (Knol, 2015). Through that, registered nurses will beable to provide comprehensive care to the patients.
Additionally,the legislation will be serving as a tool for nurses to prescribe anddispense controlled substances in an effort of trying to reduce drugabuse and diversion (Fass & Hardigan, 2011). The bill willensure that nurses maintain high advanced training standards requiredto effectively recommend these controlled substances thus improvingthe health and safety of patients.
Therefore,I would like to pass my sincere thanks and gratitude to SenatorGrimsley together with Representative Cary Pigman for their enduringcommitment towards ensuring that the bill is passed (Dubois, 2016).However much the bill restricts advanced registered nursepractitioners from prescribing controlled substances in painmanagement clinics, the legislation will do more good than harm. Ifit is passed into law, it will play a substantial role in improvingthe quality of healthcare services provided by nurses in the State ofFlorida subsequently enhancing patient safety (Dubois, 2016).Presently, 48 states within the US have already allowed AdvancedRegistered Nurse Practitioners to recommend controlled substances.For that reason, it is crucial for the Florida Senate to advocate forthe bill and ensure it is approved for better and enhancedhealthcare.
Thankyou for your time and consideration. It is my hope that the bill willeventually be passed into law to improve patient care and the healthof all constituents within the State of Florida.
DuboisJanet (2016),BreakingNews: Landmark Controlled Substance Bill Passes. RetrievedDecember 29, 2016, from:https://fnpn.enpnetwork.com/nurse-practitioner-news/108991-breaking-news-landmark-controlled-substance-bill-passesFass,J. A., & Hardigan, P. C. (2011) Attitudes of Florida pharmaciststoward implementing a state prescription drug monitoring program forcontrolled substances. Journalof Managed Care Pharmacy, 17(6),430-438.
KnolJoseph (2015), LegislativeSummary and updates. RetrievedDecember 29, 2016, from:https://cfanpc.enpnetwork.com/nurse-practitioner-news/74991-legislative-summary-updates-
TheProfessional Staff of the Committee on Health Policy (2015), BillAnalysis and Fiscal Impact Statement. RetrievedDecember 29, 2016, from:https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/0614/Analyses/2015s0614.hp.PDF