Privacy breach claims denied

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 what medicines they prescribed.

“We suggest that this arrangement places pharmacies in breach of various areas of law and equity. Specifically, we note that the proposed arrangement would seem to be