De: Drug data firm 'sold raw info' to big pharma

A German company which studies drug prescription habits for the pharma industry is accused of selling raw data to drug companies, in what magazine Der Spiegel said on Monday could be a huge data protection scandal.

A former member of staff at the data processing firm Pharmafakt GFD told the magazine under oath that data from millions of pharmacy prescriptions had been saved and analysed then sold to pharma firms.

Read more on The Local. So far, GFD has denied the allegations. GFD counts some large pharmaceuticals among its clients: Pfizer, Sanofi, Bayer, Novartis, Roche and GlaxoSmithKline, but it’s not yet clear how far and wide this scandal might reach if the former employee’s allegations are true.

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