Companies that collect, analyze and sell medical data filed lawsuits today in federal courts in Maine and Vermont, challenging laws in the two states that make doctors' prescription-writing habits confidential.
A similar law in New Hampshire, the nation's first, was overturned in April by U.S. District Judge Paul Barbadoro.
Wednesday's complaints were filed by IMS Health of Norwalk, Conn., Wolters Kluwer Health of Conshohocken, Pa., and Verispan of Yardley, Pa. Their complaints ask the court to block the two states from enforcing their laws, which take effect Jan. 1, 2008.
The filings also say the Maine and Vermont laws block vital healthcare information from public view. -- from the Associated Press