NH prescription privacy law upheld

The ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston overturns a lower court decision that said the confidentiality law unconstitutionally infringed on free speech

Tuesday's ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston says the confidentiality law does not infringe on free speech.

The AP reports that a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation law that restricts drug company access to some information about doctors’ so-called “prescription writing habits”.

Drug company sales representatives use this information to target particular doctors and tailor their sales pitches (patients’ names are not included in the data). It is this kind of “data-mining” along with questionable sales practices by Big Pharma that has resulted in the popularity of prescription drugs like OxyContin.

The upholding of this law could put a stop to that nonsense.

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The Washington Post: NH prescription privacy law upheld

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