Ed was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in economics (cum laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, he moved to the United States to pursue his legal education. He received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson Law School in 1981.
Ed worked in various capacities for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, including tax litigation, administrative law, cabinet affairs and inspector general. His primary area of practice while in government involved providing advice and representation to regulatory boards under the umbrella of the Department of Health and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. As Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Section, Ed served as counsel to various professional regulatory boards, including pharmacy, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, veterinary medicine, professional engineers, landscape architecture, clinical social work and harbor pilots. In addition, he handled temporary duties or litigation for several other boards including medicine, psychology, nursing, architecture and accountancy. In 2002, Ed served as the Attorney General Representative to the Pedigree Paper Task Force, created by the Legislature to review and reform Florida’s regulation of the prescription drug wholesale industry.
Ed’s current practice at Grossman, Furlow and Bayo includes the representation of professional licensees, regulated entities and interested parties before regulatory agencies, Florida Courts and the Division of Administrative Hearings. He concentrates his practice in the areas of administrative and regulatory law with emphasis on the laws and regulations affecting pharmacies, drug manufacturers and drug wholesalers. He is a frequent speaker before local, state and national professional organizations on licensure and regulatory issues. He has published several articles on these topics.
Prescribing Controlled Substances
This course addresses the mandatory content for Physicians in Florida registered to prescribe controlled substances as allowed by Florida law, effective January 1, 2017.
Upon completing this course and reviewing the resources, participants should be able to:
- Explain why the issue of prescribing issue is so important and illustrate best practices
- Identify the extent of problems that may be encountered in prescribing controlled substances
- Identify substance abuse screening tools that you can use in your practice
- Illuminate where to find substance abuse treatment resources in your area
- Identify the criteria for substance use disorders
- Highlight the legal requirements for prescribing controlled substances in your practice
- Describe different prescribing practices that will help keep you out of trouble while prescribing controlled substances