Vt. law on drug data mining ruled unconstitutional

by jeeg 1. December 2010 23:26

An appeals court says a Vermont law that restricts companies' use of information about the drugs doctors prescribe is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled Tuesday that the law on so-called data mining is a commercial free speech restriction that violates the First Amendment.

Three companies -- IMS Health, SDI and Source Healthcare Analytics -- had sued over the law, which was enacted in July 2009. The companies gather data on drugs ordered by doctors and sell it to pharmaceutical manufacturers.


By John Curran, Associated Press



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