Department of Health

This month, the Florida Department of Health is placing emphasis on the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.

State Tries To Remove Judge In Medical Marijuana Dispute

Oct 13, 2017

Accusing him of being biased, Florida health officials want Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham removed from a case involving a medical marijuana license.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor are asking the federal government to step in after thousands of kids were kicked off a state Medicaid program. The two Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price earlier this week.


State Adds 3 ‘Travel Related’ Zika Cases

Aug 1, 2017

Florida added three new “travel related” Zika cases during the past week, bringing to 116 the number of reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

Zika Cases Continue To Increase

Jul 25, 2017

Florida has reported six additional cases of the Zika virus during the past week, bringing the total to 113 in 2017, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Department of Health website.

Health Officials Move Ahead With Medical Marijuana Process

May 26, 2017

After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials on Thursday laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets.

Judge Backs 2 More Marijuana Licenses

May 24, 2017

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses — which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 — were virtually tied.

Zika Cases In Florida Close To 1,200

Nov 22, 2016

Health officials reported three more cases of the Zika virus Monday, as Florida moved closer to 1,200 cases since the outbreak began.

Zika Cases Top 1,100 In Florida

Nov 1, 2016

With the addition of five more cases Monday, Florida's total number of diagnoses of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topped 1,100, according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

The total hit 1,103, including 124 infections involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

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Celeste Philip has been Florida's interim surgeon general and secretary of the Department of Health since March, after the Legislature adjourned without confirming her predecessor, John Armstrong.

New Panel Eyes Changes To Children's Medical Services

Nov 2, 2015

State Department of Health officials Friday hosted the first meeting of a panel aimed at easing Florida's transition to Medicaid managed care for children who need specialized medical services.

A doctor accused of giving a toddler a fatal dose of an unapproved drug was declared “very, very dangerous” at a meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday. But she escaped serious discipline by agreeing to go away and stay away.

Challenge Looms Over Medical Pot Applications

Jul 27, 2015

Even before selecting five nurseries to become Florida's first legal pot producers, Department of Health officials will face a challenge from at least one grower whose application was tossed out because it was late.

The department's Office of Compassionate Use staff rejected two of the 30 applications from nurseries hoping to get chosen as one of the five coveted "dispensing organizations." Both were tossed because they were received after a 5 p.m. deadline following a frenzied scene during a torrential downpour July 8 at the agency's headquarters.

Legislative Panel Questions Proposed Pot Rule

Sep 3, 2014

A legislative panel that plays a key role in overseeing state agencies has joined the chorus of critics seeking changes to a proposed soup-to-nuts rule setting up Florida's new medical-marijuana industry.

A 19-page letter from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee to the Department of Health's general counsel questions nearly every aspect of the proposed rule, beginning with who would be allowed to apply for one of five licenses to grow, manufacture and distribute a type of cannabis approved during this year's legislative session.

Susan and Ed Bilbao grew up in the Philippines, in an environment very heavily influenced by Catholicism. Susan worked for religious organizations, and Ed had every intention of becoming a priest.

And while their faith united them, it also presented complications when they wanted to be together.

In this edition of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Susan and Ed discuss his decision to end their relationship to take on an oath of celibacy, and how, over time, they found each other again.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed a workplace safety complaint with the Florida Department of Health, accusing a South Florida-based company of not doing enough to protect its adult film actors, News Service of Florida reports. After successfully lobbying for a California law that mandates condom use in adult films, the group says the adult film industry is moving production to Florida, a state without such a law. This puts performers at a heightened risk for sexually transmitted diseases, the complaint says.

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Biogenesis, an "anti-aging" clinic in Coral Gables that injected performance-enhancing drugs into professional athletes, had well over 100 of them as clients going back to 2009 and at least a dozen who are still playing professional ball, the whistleblower in the case told ESPN.com

A Tampa Bay anesthesiologist convicted of possessing child pornography,  Dr. James D. Murphy Jr., escaped a jail sentence. He hoped to keep his medical license and eventually return to practice.

Department of Health prosecutors were willing. But the Board of Medicine was most emphatically not.

On Friday, when Murphy’s case came before the board at its meeting in Tampa, members said there is no way they would let him return to practice.

“I would be horrified if my 19-year-old daughter went under anesthesia with (Murphy),” said Dr. Onelia Lage of Miami.

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A Pasco County internist accused of sexually touching women at his office will be suspended from practice for at least six months and must undergo a full psychiatric evaluation to determine his future. 

Dr. Gunwalt Dhaliwal of New Port Richey agreed to the terms offered by the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday morning in Deerfield Beach after some members indicated they might otherwise seek to revoke his license or permanently block him from seeing female patients.

“This settlement keeps the public safe, and keeps women safe,” said board member Dr. Onelia Lage of Miami.

When the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak exploded into headlines two months ago, Florida health officials responded quickly, tracking the contaminated drug lots and finding potential victims. At least 25 in Florida were sickened, and three died.

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