Senate bill OKs druggists' sharing patient files

Elizabeth Fernandez reports in the San Francisco Chronicle:

A bill that would allow pharmacies in California to share patient prescription information with third-party businesses working for drugmakers was approved in the state Senate 21-16 Thursday.

Under the legislation, pharmaceutical companies could send mailings directly to patients suffering from illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia. The drug manufacturers would contract with a mailing firm, which in turn would pay fees to pharmacies.

Full story – San Francisco Chronicle

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