Sale of prescription data breaches confidentialityBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7197.1505 (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1505
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Doctors and pharmacists who sell information about doctors' prescriptions to a database company for commercial use would breach patient confidentiality even though the information was anonymised, a High Court judge ruled last week.
The case is the first in the English courts to raise the question of whether the use of anonymised data breaches patient confidentiality.
The ruling at the High Court in London throws into question the …