Data collection company denies identifying GPs or patients

Dr Hambleton wrote to the commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, saying IMS Health was writing to pharmacists apparently seeking to form agreements “for the release, apparently for reward, of certain information relating to doctors and prescriptions”. He said the information IMS wanted included doctors’ names, practice locations, phone numbers, specialities, and which medicines they prescribed.

“We suggest that this arrangement places pharmacies in breach of various areas of law