USA: Supreme Court Sides With Big Pharma

Posted on June 23, 2011


USA: The Supreme Court today ruled against the state of Vermont and in favor of pharmaceutical companies who use data-mining to direct-sell their products to physicians and others in the healthcare industry. Data-mining in this case involves the sale of consumer purchasing history and information to pharmaceutical companies; the data is gathered by local pharmacies and then sold to companies who use it to market their products. Most consumer protection groups see this as another defeat for consumer privacy. Modern Healthcare has this report on the ruling. The full Supreme Court ruling can be read here in pdf form.