Thursday, July 14, 2011

Supreme Court Strikes Down Vermont's Rx Privacy Law

By a vote of 6-3, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Vermont law prohibiting the sale of prescription information to data mining companies for marketing purposes.

In the case, IMS Health Inc. v. Sorrell, the Supreme Court ruled that the Vermont statute violates the First Amendment speech rights of data mining firms. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy explained that Vermont laws already allow the collection of prescription information but that this law unfairly targeted the speech rights of the pharmaceutical representatives who market drugs to doctors.

For further information about this case, please click here.

Source: The Washington Post

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