In a key issue for business groups, the House Health & Human Services Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would limit the costs of drugs dispensed by doctors to workers-compensation insurance patients, reports the News Service of Florida. Supporters contend the bill (HB 511) would help reduce workers-compensation insurance premiums 2.5 percent, or $62 million a year. The issue centers on doctors dispensing what are known as “repackaged” drugs in their offices, instead of writing prescriptions that workers-compensation patients would fill at pharmacies. Business groups argue that the costs of those drugs are often inflated. “This bill is so important to Florida employers,” said Tamela Perdue, general counsel of Associated Industries of Florida. Doctors argue that dispensing drugs in their offices helps ensure that patients receive and take needed medications, which can help hold down overall health costs. Critics of the bill question the estimates of cost savings. “It’s impossible to save $62 million,” said Tom Panza, a lobbyist for Automated HealthCare Solutions, a firm that provides technology used in physician dispensing.