Appeals court expected to rule on NH’s prescription privacy law this month

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A federal appeals court is expected to announce a decision soon on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation law that made doctors’ prescription writing habits confidential.

The state’s intent was to try to thwart drug manufacturer’s hard-sell tactics. But last year, a federal judge in Concord threw out the law, saying it unconstitutionally infringed on free speech.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court in Boston heard an appeal of New Hampshire’s case earlier this year. If the court decides the law is constitutional, it could open the flood gates to similar efforts across the country.

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