Vote Looms Over Right To Sell Prescription Info

Law360, New York (May 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The California State Senate is gearing up to reconsider a controversial bill that would enable pharmacies to sell confidential patient prescription information, touching off a political firestorm over a patient's right to privacy.

The state Senate is poised to decide on Thursday whether to allow pharmaceutical firms to send mailings directly to the patients, with supporters and critics of the legislation eagerly anticipating the outcome.

Though the Senate rejected the bill last week by a vote of 17-17, sponsor Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) has amended the...
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