4/26/2011

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week regarding the constitutionality of a Vermont law that bans disclosure of drug prescribers' names to marketers without consent. Vermont's attorney general -- supported by other state attorneys general, privacy advocates, the federal government, health care provider groups and the AARP -- say that allowing marketers to compile information on specific doctors' prescribing habits makes it easier to persuade doctors to prescribe expensive drugs. IMS Health -- supported by the pharmaceutical manufacturers' lobby, the chain drug store lobby, the Association of National Advertisers and some news organizations -- say that having the information helps get needed medications to patients.

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