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