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Drug Database Passed in South Carolina

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 3, 2011

South Carolina has joined nine other states in passing a law to adopt a national database for tracking the sale of pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make methamphetamines, reports The Sun News. While pharmacies throughout the state have been recording purchases, National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLex) allows states to share information. Privacy advocacy groups are not "watching NPLex," says the report, but when "personal information is collected into a database, there is always a chance of some secondary use," said Tena Friery of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Meanwhile, an Arkansas Senate panel is backing legislation to create a statewide database for tracking some prescription drug purchases.
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