Scores of bills passed but a few diedincluding one to block pharmacies from peddling doctors' prescription information to data-mining firmsas Nevada lawmakers rushed Monday to meet a deadline for action on measures.
The prescription privacy bill, strongly opposed by pharmaceutical and medical data-mining companies, lost on a 9-12 vote in the state Senate. Republicans split on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Joe Heck, a Republican who is an emergency room doctor, while most Democrats opposed the plan.
Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus said the bill would hurt public access to such information, and that an American Medical Association program that gives doctors the option of restricting use of their data was sufficient.
Pharmaceutical and medical data-mining companies contended that the prescriber-specific data have important uses in law enforcement and research.