April 26, 2011 – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a case that explores the role of the First Amendment on health care information data mining.

At the heart of Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc. is whether commercial free speech in mining of pharmaceutical information is hindered by a Vermont law that restricts access to nonpublic prescription drug records, according to questions presented to the court. Before the court Tuesday, IMS attorney Thomas Goldstein argued that governmental restrictions were singling out commercial data mining in health care, as the prescription information could still be accessed by insurers and the government.

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