By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: June 23, 2011
WASHINGTON -- Data ... is speech that is protected by the First Amendment, and pharmaceutical companies have every right to buy that information and use it to target their marketing efforts, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The nation's high court handed down a verdict Thursday in the Sorrell v. IMS Health case, striking down by a 6-3 vote a 2007 Vermont law that that bans the practice of data mining -- the sale and use of prescriber-identifiable information for marketing or promoting a drug, including drug detailing -- unless a physician specifically gives his or her permission to use the information.
Vermont argued that selling identifying information is "conduct," not "speech," but the Supreme Court didn't buy that and ruled that "the creation and dissemination of information are speech for First Amendment purposes."
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following week to discuss this matter further. As with all of Ms. Potashner's promises, she failed to keep her promise to
meet with me the following week or to provide details of the
secret investigation she and the public defender's office
allegedly had conducted of the torture.
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SPEECH. I JUST WANT THE COURT TO BE CLEAR ON THAT."
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UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN THAT THIS "COULD" ESCALATE. AND BELIEVE
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OF POSING A REALISTIC THREAT OF VIOLENCE.
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Contemptible police tactics - Cops raid the home of a licensed medical marijuana provider in Washington, handcuff the fourteen year old son and put a gun to his head, and search the nineteen year old daughter and take the contents of her mickey-mouse wallet.
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