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Senate unanimously approves plastic surgery centers bill

A companion bill is ready for the House floor.

A bill aiming to crack down on dangerous plastic surgery clinics has been approved by the Florida Senate.

The bill was approved 37-0.

The legislation (SB 732), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, seeks to curb medical malpractice among plastic surgeons.

The bill blocks doctors from opening a new facility after a clinic is shut down due to malpractice. Doctors operating these offices would also be required to register with the Department of Health.

The legislation also allows for DOH to bar a doctor from opening a new clinic for up to five years if their previous clinic is shut down for violations.

“It’s much-needed legislation and it will save lives,” said Sen. Annette Taddeo in support of the legislation.

A USA Today and Naples Daily News investigation detailed eight women who died after undergoing cosmetic procedures at South Florida facilities overseen by the same doctor over a six-year span.

That doctor, Ismael Labrador, reportedly changed the names of the centers three times after patients died. Those name changes make it difficult for prospective patients to research a clinic’s safety.

“This Session, I have had the honor to champion a surgery centers bill that will significantly correct a loophole and save lives,” Flores said in a statement after the bill passed.

“Although this bill will not bring back those who have died or suffered life-altering injuries at the hands of these plastic surgery butcher shops, SB 732 will be indispensable in regulating a business that has become about volume, instead of safety. I thank my Senate colleagues for passing this important piece of legislation that will safeguard the health and welfare of all patients.”

A companion bill (HB 933) filed by Rep. Anthony Rodriguez is ready for the House floor.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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