Navigation Links
Bill Allowing Medical Privacy Intrusion Fails in Sacramento; Anti-Privacy Bill by Auto Insurers Faces Vote Wednesday

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, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bill allowing marketers hired by drug companies to secretly access patient prescription drug records failed to get a single "yes" in a key vote Tuesday in the Assembly Health Committee. Though some members who did not vote could technically cast votes before the end of the day, the failure of the measure (SB1096 by Sen. Charles Calderon), appeared assured.

On Wednesday, the Senate Banking, Finance & Insurance Committee will vote on Assemblyman Jared Huffman's AB 2800, which would allow insurance companies to install "spyware" on customers' cars that is capable of tracking mileage, where the car drives, and braking and acceleration rates.

On the pharmacy bill, Assembly committee members Tuesday seemed to respond to growing public scrutiny and outcry over looming privacy threats, especially after the bill passed the Senate, said Consumer Watchdog.

"Big Pharma's lobbying steamroller ran out of gas in the Assembly," said Jerry Flanagan, health policy director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog. "Members of the Health Committee expressed their view that the bill was a misleading measure to push expensive brand-name drugs on consumers while violating their privacy."

Many members of the committee did not vote at all, but no members called out a "Yes" vote during the hearing Monday, chaired by Asm. Mervin Dymally.

Under the measure, pharmacies could sell patient prescription records to a third-party company working on behalf of major pharmaceuticals manufacturers. The third-party company, called Adheris, would then send out mailings to patients "reminding" them to take their name-brand drugs.

During the hearing, Flanagan made the following points:

-- Privacy is a fundamental right of all Californians -- protected in the

second sentence of the CA constitution. Prop 11, which added

"privacy" to the constitution sought to bar a "business

interest" from stockpiling our private information without our


-- California's gold standard of patient privacy, the California

Confidentiality of Medical Information Act requires a patient to give

prior consent before private medical information is transferred or

shared for non-medical purposes such as marketing.

-- This bill would create a loophole in the privacy law on behalf of

commercial interests by allowing pharmacies to sell patient drug records

without a patient's knowledge.

-- Once transferred, there is threat of misuse, accidental leaks, and


-- In fact, there are more than 250,000 cases of medical identity theft

each year. Drug records are valuable information for marketers,

insurance companies and employers.

-- What a patient believed to be safely secured in a pharmacy database

would now be available to prying eyes as "reminders" are

mailed to the home or workplace.

-- As is the case for financial information, once the information is

release electronically it is impossible to put the genie back into the

bottle and that information becomes available on the information black


-- The contract between Adheris and pharmacies will supposedly limit the

use of the information. But who will enforce the contract?

-- The opt-out provision is meaningless. Bill sponsors know that consumers

won't see the opt-out provision buried in the stack of papers

handed to them by the pharmacist. The standard for privacy should not be

if you fail to act, you waive your right to privacy.

Second Anti-Privacy Bill Will Be Heard Wednesday

Assemblyman Jared Huffman's AB 2800, which will be voted on Wednesday in the Senate Banking, Finance & Insurance Committee, would allow insurance companies to require drivers to install spyware in their cars that tracks speed, acceleration, location, time of day, mileage and other data, said Consumer Watchdog. Under the legislation, consumers who refuse to give up their privacy would pay higher rates.

Sponsors say the bill would encourage motorists to drive less by lowering insurance rates for lower mileage. However, AB 2800 would give discounts to drivers who put black box technology in their cars, not those with lower mileage. Legislators who value their constituents' privacy must know that this bill would require drivers to pay in order to protect their privacy, said Consumer Watchdog.

"Insurers want to know where we drive, when we drive and how long it takes us to get there, but they shouldn't get to charge more to Californians who won't accept their spying," said Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog. "Under new regulations that take effect next month, Proposition 103 already requires insurers to charge people less if they drive less. AB 2800 just lets insurance companies charge drivers more for refusing to let them pry in their cars."

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Streamline Healths Document Management Solution Integrated into Oacis, Allowing Clinicians to Access Patients Information - Either Scanned or Electronic
2. New Poll From Lake Research Shows Americans Support Allowing Physicians to Own and Operate Hospitals
3. Consumer Advocate Speaks Out Against Bill Allowing Invasions of Medical Privacy; Author Received $21k from Bill Benefactors
4. Consumer Advocate to Testify Against Bill Allowing Invasions of Medical Privacy
5. AAPM statement on DEA ruling allowing multiple prescriptions for controlled substances
6. MediNotes EMR Now Interfaces With 76 Practice Management Systems, Allowing More Medical Practices to Replace Their Patients Aging Paper Medical Records
7. AMA Adopts Strategies to Help Address Medical Student Debt
8. Vusion Baby Bottom Line Report: Many Moms Dont Know that Their Babies Irritated Skin Could Indicate a Severe Diaper Rash that Requires Medical Treatment
9. Bioniche Presents E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine Data to International Congress of Medical Microbiology in Serbia
10. AMA Provides First Ever Guidance on Medical Tourism
11. The Benefit Source, Inc. to Market MedeFile Electronic Medical Records Management Solution to National Customer Base
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD College is proud to ... Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored ... one of twelve colleges and universities in the state of California make the cut. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Patients ... central Michigan, have come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the things that ... viewing on the Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they wrote on ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... ... Jobs in hospital medical laboratories and in the imaging field lead the ... Aureus Medical Group . These fields, as well as travel nursing, ranked ... jobs through the company’s website, , The leading healthcare staffing agency ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the world-class Asterisk based contact center ... reliability. , The new Q-Suite 6 platform is based on the latest Java Enterprise ... a specific piece of software for many key components of the suite. Much of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... recognized once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati office ... , Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business Courier’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... "Self Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report ... has announced the addition of the "Self ... their offering. --> Research and Markets ... the "Self Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... the "Radioimmunoassay Market by Type (Reagents ... Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), Application (Research, ... to 2020" report to their offering. ... the addition of the "Radioimmunoassay Market ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 ... the "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market ... --> ) has announced the ... Devices Market 2015-2019" report to their ... ( ) has announced the addition ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: