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Groups Ask FTC To Investigate Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 5, 2011

Four privacy groups have filed a complaint asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the online marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies, American Medical News reports. The 144-page complaint, filed by the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, U.S. Public Interest Research Groups and World Privacy Forum, alleges that certain Web sites allow pharmaceutical companies to collect patient and prescription information to market health-related services and medications, the report states. The complaint, which targets many well-known Web sites, alleges that pharmaceutical marketers collect consumers' personal information without their knowledge. None of the companies involved had formally responded to the complaint, the report states.
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