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Opinion: Patient Privacy Case Has Serious Implications

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 21, 2011

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next week in a case that Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy and Technology describes for iHealthBeat as one "that could have significant implications for patient privacy." The case of Sorrell v. IMS Health questions a Vermont law prohibiting the use of prescription information for pharmaceutical marketing without prescribers' consent. "The case has the potential to do real damage to privacy protections," McGraw suggests, writing that "it would be a disaster if the Supreme Court were to hold that the First Amendment rights of corporations could trump the privacy interests of patients and others."
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