The state of Vermont will be front and center as arguments are heard in the nation’s highest court in the case of Sorrell versus IMS Health Care.
IMS wants to put an end to a Vermont law that requires data mining companies to get a doctor’s permission before they can sell that doctor’s prescription-writing history to drug companies.
IMS contends its practice of selling the information amounts to a kind of free speech, and that’s prompted some organizations including the Associated Press to file briefs in support of the IMS suit, and pharmaceutical companies are doing so as well.
But privacy advocates such as Attorney General Bill Sorrell want the Vermont law restored, after it was overturned on appeal, and Sorrell tells VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb the core issue is straight-forward.
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