2020 Florida Statutes
Inspections and investigations.
Inspections and investigations.
499.051 Inspections and investigations.—
(1) The agents of the department and of the Department of Law Enforcement, after they present proper identification, may inspect, monitor, and investigate any establishment permitted pursuant to this chapter during business hours for the purpose of enforcing this chapter, chapters 465, 501, and 893, and the rules of the department that protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
(2) In addition to the authority set forth in subsection (1), the department and any duly designated officer or employee of the department may enter and inspect any other establishment for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter regarding any drug, device, or cosmetic.
(3) Any application for a permit or product registration or for renewal of such permit or registration made pursuant to this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter constitutes permission for any entry or inspection of the premises in order to verify compliance with this chapter and rules; to discover, investigate, and determine the existence of compliance; or to elicit, receive, respond to, and resolve complaints and violations.
(4) Any application for a permit made pursuant to s. 499.012 or s. 499.831 and rules adopted under those sections constitutes permission for agents of the department and the Department of Law Enforcement, after presenting proper identification, to inspect, review, and copy any financial document or record related to the manufacture, repackaging, or distribution of a drug as is necessary to verify compliance with this chapter and the rules adopted by the department to administer this chapter, in order to discover, investigate, and determine the existence of compliance, or to elicit, receive, respond to, and resolve complaints and violations.
(5) The authority to inspect under this section includes the authority to access, review, and copy any and all financial documents related to the activity of manufacturing, repackaging, or distributing prescription drugs.
(6) The authority to inspect under this section includes the authority to secure:
(a) Samples or specimens of any drug, device, or cosmetic; or
(b) Such other evidence as is needed for any action to enforce this part and the rules adopted under this part.
(7)(a) The complaint and all information obtained pursuant to the investigation by the department are confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution until the investigation and the enforcement action are completed.
(b) Information that constitutes a trade secret, as defined in s. 812.081, contained in the complaint or obtained by the department pursuant to the investigation must remain confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution as long as the information is held by the department. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
(c) This subsection does not prohibit the department from using such information for regulatory or enforcement proceedings under this chapter or from providing such information to any law enforcement agency or any other regulatory agency. However, the receiving agency shall keep such records confidential and exempt as provided in this subsection.
History.—s. 34, ch. 82-225; s. 26, ch. 82-402; s. 1, ch. 83-265; s. 5, ch. 86-133; s. 11, ch. 88-159; ss. 37, 52, ch. 92-69; s. 199, ch. 94-218; ss. 3, 5, 8, ch. 94-309; s. 7, ch. 95-366; s. 332, ch. 96-406; s. 240, ch. 99-8; s. 62, ch. 2003-1; s. 21, ch. 2003-155; s. 26, ch. 2007-6; s. 29, ch. 2008-207; s. 8, ch. 2014-89; s. 11, ch. 2016-6; s. 13, ch. 2016-212; s. 4, ch. 2017-51.