|Published:||Sep 24, 2010 6:27 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 24, 2010 3:26 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new Florida law cracking down on 'pill mills' that dispense powerful prescription painkillers is being challenged in federal court.
A company operating pain clinics in South and central Florida, two doctors and a patient sued the state this week in Tallahassee.
They want a federal judge to block the law before it goes into effect Oct. 1.
The suit alleges the law is discriminatory because it bars patients from getting more than a three-day supply of drugs if they don't have insurance and violates free speech rights by limiting clinic advertising.
Another claim is that various provisions are unconstitutionally vague.
A Department of Health spokeswoman had no immediate comment Friday.
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