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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Supreme Court Overturns VT Ban on Selling Physician Drug Data

Just a brief note.  The Supreme Court agreed with my post from a few months ago and will allow pharmaceutical companies to purchase data on physician drug prescribing practice. The vote was 6-3; Sonia Sotomayor joined Anthony Kennedy and the four pro-business conservatives.

I think having more of this data collected in a standard way will be good - and eventually will help us improve prescription practices.  I'd like to see this data available in patient-friendly ways.

In an era of high patient cost-sharing, patients will start wanting to know if their doctor is making cost-effective prescription choices.

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