9/13/2005

Americans' health privacy violated

"On Aug. 11, President Bush signed into law the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005.

It authorizes 60 million taxpayer dollars over five years to establish electronic prescription drug surveillance programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It requires those dispensing controlled substances (such as pharmacists and physicians) to submit information to state governments within one week of filling prescriptions, including patients' names, addresses and telephone numbers. Data also will be collected on animal owners whose pets are prescribed controlled substances by veterinarians."

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