Calif. Bill To Sell Prescription Info Defeated

Law360, New York (June 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a boost to consumer privacy advocates, a California Assembly committee has unanimously rejected a controversial bill that would enable pharmacies to sell confidential patient prescription information to third parties.

On Tuesday, the nine members of the Assembly Health committee uniformly cast their vote against the bill, ruling that a patient's right to privacy trumped the legislation's purported good intentions.

Under SB 1096, drugstores could give out confidential patient prescription information to third-party businesses, which in turn would prepare mailings to patients that would purportedly remind...
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