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Supreme Court Hears About Vermont RX Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 27, 2011

The New York Times reports that U.S. Supreme Court justices thus far sound skeptical about upholding a Vermont law that bans the commercial buying and selling of doctors' prescription records. The court will determine whether the government can regulate such data mining, used by drug company sales reps in order to tailor sales pitches to doctors. Chief Justice John Roberts said Vermont is "censoring what (doctors) can hear to make sure they don't have full information." A lawyer for the Justice Department, however, suggests that restrictions on data mining are "in keeping with laws that prohibit the commercial exploitation of driver license information." A decision is expected in June. (Registration may be required to access this story.) 
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