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State Law To Curb Drug Abuse Draws Privacy Concerns

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 20, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on a proposed bill in Kentucky that attempts to mitigate prescription drug abuse by restricting ownership of "pain clinics" by physicians and giving law enforcement easier access to the state's prescription drug database. The database includes names of prescribers, patients and pharmacies. A representative from the Kentucky Medical Association says the bill is an "overreach" and a violation of personal privacy, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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