Calif. Justices OK Medical Board's Access To Rx Database

By Y. Peter Kang (July 17, 2017, 6:18 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state medical board's review of patient records in the state's prescription drug monitoring database did not violate patients' privacy rights because it was justified by public interest in regulating potent prescription drugs and protecting patients from negligent doctors.

The state's highest court unanimously determined that the Medical Board of California did not violate patients' privacy rights under the state Constitution when it obtained data from the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, which tracks prescriptions of Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances, in order to investigate Dr. Alwin...

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