NH prescription privacy law upheld

New Hampshire’s 1st-in-nation law making docs’ prescriptions records confidential is upheld
NEW YORK (Associated Press) – 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.

Appeals Court Reverses Decision on Prescription Privacy

The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation law that bars companies from selling the prescriptions doctors write.

Last year a lower court had ruled the measure was unconstitutional.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Dan Gorenstein reports proponents believe the law will drive down healthcare costs and preserve the privacy of the patient-physician relationship.

When Cindy Rosenwald heard the news that the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in the state’s favor, she started jumping up and down.

TAPE: I’m really thrilled about the decision…I think it’s, I think it’s great.

Rosenwald sponsored the first-in-the-nation legislation to restrict pharmaceutical companies ability to sell their drugs.