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News Release
6/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Hails Assembly Push Against Sale of Patients' Prescription Information to Marketers; "Big Pharma's Lobbying Steamroller Is Out of Gas," Says Advocate. Sacramento, CA -- A bill allowing marketers hired by drug companies to secretly access patient prescription drug records failed to get a single ‘yes’ in a key...
News Story
6/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As of today, your pharmacist is not allowed to share your prescription information for marketing purposes. That would change if Senate Bill 1096 is passed into law. As with most efforts by commercial interests to undermine state privacy laws, this is being advertised as an attempt to help you. Don't buy it. SB1096, authored by Sen. Ron Calderon, D...
News Story
6/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two proposals by state officials would weaken the security surrounding prescription records. Medical records often contain excruciatingly revealing personal information, and yet they're also surprisingly vulnerable. According to Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum, there are about 250,000 cases of medical identity theft every year, many of them...
News Story
6/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The backers of the bill say it would help consumers by reminding them to take medications and refill prescriptions. Opponents see problems with privacy. And who profits? When you take a prescription drug, that's between you, your doctor and your pharmacist. No one else has a right to know. Perhaps not for much longer. Under legislation that...
News Story
6/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Calderon, A Recipient Of Industry Donations, Says That 'Marketing Or Sales Pitches' Would Be Barred Privacy concerns have been raised about a bill moving through the California Legislature that would let pharmacies partner with drug companies to send out letters reminding patients to refill their prescriptions. Senate Bill 1096 by Sen. Ron...
News Story
6/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Addicts: Officials Could Put End To Doctor-Shopping. An online prescription drug database that allows doctors and pharmacists to track a patient's medication history instantly and deter addicts from "doctor-shopping'' is expected to launch statewide next year, officials announced Wednesday. The $3.5 million system, the largest online...
News Story
6/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles, CA -- Doctors and pharmacists are having trouble cutting off drug abusers because of the state's clunky process for checking a patient's previous prescriptions, says Attorney General Jerry Brown, who wants to make the information instantly available. Brown is to announce Wednesday that his office plans to place the state's...
News Story
6/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A drug company stands to financially benefit from proposed state legislation that could invalidate a class-action invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against it. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, passed the Senate on Thursday. It allows pharmacies to partner with drug companies to send out letters reminding patients to refill...
News Story
5/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
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...
News Release
5/29/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Senate passed a bill today that will allow marketing firms, like bill sponsor Adheris, to gain access to a patient's private prescription drug records without their knowledge.  The bill will now be considered by the state Assembly. Bill sponsor Adheris Inc, previously Elensys, changed its name in 2004...