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Supreme Court To Review Prescription Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 10, 2011

The Supreme Court will review a Vermont law to limit using prescription information for one-on-one marketing of pharmaceuticals, Bloomberg reports. Vermont's law, which is one of three in New England that restrict the use of prescription information for marketing purposes, has been challenged by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and several data-mining companies and, the report states, the case could "shape the burgeoning debate over the extent of privacy rights in the digital age." The pharmaceutical and data-mining companies have argued the law violates the right of free speech, while the state of Vermont argues, "Restrictions on the dissemination of nonpublic information held by private persons have long coexisted with the First Amendment."
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