Rx data firms sue Maine, Vermont

Share this article:
Three firms are challenging Maine and Vermont over new state laws that restrict the collection and disclosure of physician prescribing information.

IMS Health, Wolters Kluwer Health and Verispan want to prevent statutes in the two states from taking effect Jan. 1.

A similar New Hampshire law that would have limited drug company access to doctors' prescribing habits was struck down in U.S. District Court in April on constitutional grounds. That ruling is under appeal.

The suits, filed in late August, say the Maine and Vermont statutes differ only slightly from the New Hampshire law and that they deny access to information that is central to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.

But Vermont and Maine officials said that after the New Hampshire ruling, they altered their laws and would fight the lawsuit. “We will vigorously defend the constitutionality of the law and oppose efforts to have its enforcement enjoined,” Maine's attorney general told the AP.

Share this article:

Email Newsletters

More in News

Lilly takes on Amgen's Enbrel

Lilly takes on Amgen's Enbrel

Phase-III tests indicate Lilly's experimental treatment bests Amgen's for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

GSK Ellipta franchise expands

GSK Ellipta franchise expands

The FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta for asthma.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, August 21

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, ...

An Ebola survivor is set to leave Emory University Hospital, but the cause of the cure is uncertain, the FDA has approved a new type 1 diabetes test, and the ...