High court casts doubt on Maine law

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 10:25 AM
High court casts doubt on Maine law

The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeals court ruling upholding Maine's restrictions on the sale of doctors' drug prescribing habits, following last week's high court ruling striking down a similar law in Vermont.

The federal appeals court in Boston upheld data-mining restrictions in Maine and New Hampshire, while the New York-based appeals court struck down the Vermont law.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 last week that the Vermont law unfairly restricts data-mining and pharmaceutical companies from using the information detailing doctors' prescribing records, though without patient names.

Tuesday's order directs the Boston-based court to take a new look at the Maine law in light of the Supreme Court ruling.