Vt. law on drug data mining ruled unconstitutional


The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 23, 2010; 6:39 PMMONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont law that restricts companies’ use of information about the drugs doctors prescribe is unconstitutional on free speech grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Three companies that gather information on drugs ordered by doctors and then sell the info to pharmaceutical manufacturers – IMS Health, SDI and Source Healthcare Analytics – had sued over the so-called data mining law. Passed in 2007, it bans the sale, transmission or use of prescriber-identifiable data for marketing a prescription drug unless the prescribing doctor consents.

full article – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/23/AR2010112305180.html


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