Sorrell Case

Sorrell (Vermont) v. IMS Health Inc.

Pharmacies forward a copy of prescription information to IMS, which in turns provides a copy of the information to pharmaceutical companies for marketing to prescribing doctors. Vermont passed a statute baning the sale of this information. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, January 2011. The question before the Court is "Does a law restricting access to personal information in nonpublic prescription drug records violate the First Amendment?"

DATA PRIVACY issue: the identifiability and privacy risks of de-identified patient data that is regulated by the Vermont statute. Below are links of papers and briefs specific to the data privacy issue in the case.

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Background Documents

Data Privacy Documents (sequential)

See SCOTUS for a list of official documents filed before the Supreme Court in this case, some of which are also archived above.

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Data Privacy Lab