Vt. trial latest battle in legal challenges to data-mining

Closing arguments are scheduled today in Brattleboro, Vt., capping a weeklong federal bench trial that pits the state of Vermont against the pharmaceutical industry and its supporting cast of data-miners.

It is the third trial in New England in which state attorneys general have attempted to defend laws passed by their state legislatures intending to control rising prescription drug costs by limiting pharma access to prescriber-identified prescription drug data.

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