Prescription privacy law upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation law making doctors’ prescription writing habits confidential.

The ruling Tuesday by the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston overturns one last year in New Hampshire saying the law unconstitutionally infringed on free speech.

The appeals court said the law, intended to thwart hard-sell tactics by drug companies to doctors, is a valid step to promote the delivery of cost-effective health care.

“Even if the Prescription Information Law amounts to a regulation of protected speech — a proposition with which we disagree —it passes constitutional muster,” the court said.

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