The Supreme Court has just struck down Vermont’s prescription privacy law, reports Kevin Outterson, associate professor at Boston University and blogger at The Incidental Economist.
The Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has struck down a Vermont law that forbids drug manufacturers from using information about the prescription drugs doctors prescribe to tailor their sales pitches to physicians.
In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, the court ruled in favor of the data mining companies that compile the information and sell it to pharmaceutical companies.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the Vermont law violates the speech rights of the companies.
Kevin Outterson’s bottom line, in his post here: “Vermont can fix this, but this case spells trouble for any federal or state regulation of data or information.”
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