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Eli Lilly violates patients' privacy

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.65/a (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:65
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. San Francisco

    The drug company Eli Lilly, which manufactures fluoxetine (Prozac), has admitted that it violated its own policy on patient confidentiality by publicising the email addresses of over 700 patients taking the drug.

    For the past two years the company has offered patients taking fluoxetine an email reminder service (Medi-messenger). Patients decided what kind of reminder they wanted, …

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