IMS v. Ayotte, A.G., State of NH


by Electronic Privacy Information Center

Court Upholds New Hampshire Prescription Privacy Law.

Today, the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New Hampshire law that bans the sale of prescriber-identifiable prescription drug data for marketing purposes. In August, EPIC and 16 experts in privacy and technology filed a "friend of the court" brief urging the federal appellate court to reverse a lower court ruling that delayed enforcement of the New Hampshire Prescription Confidentiality Act. The experts said the lower court should be reversed because there is a substantial privacy interest in patient data that the lower court failed to consider. The New Hampshire Attorney General also defended the law, calling pharmaceutical representatives "invisible intruder[s] in the physician's examination room." Data mining companies challenged the law, claiming that the privacy measure violated their free speech rights. (Nov. 18)

This is the First Circuit Court of Appeals Decision.