perscriptions   Florida's prescription drug monitoring plan likely will not launch by the Dec. 1 deadline set in the law, because of a protest filed by a company that lost the bid to set up the electronic database.

The protest may push back the start until January or February of next year, said state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who sponsored the bill creating the program.

Florida is the largest of about a dozen states without a prescription drug monitoring system, and has become the epicenter for abusers and dealers of drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax.

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