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Board may probe MD’s prescribing records without violating patients’ privacy

Although patients have a limited privacy expectation in the prescription information contained in the state's database, the state's interest in controlling dangerous drugs and doctors outweighs that expectation, the Supreme Court of California held July 17. The court rejected a physician's challenge to the use, in his disciplinary proceeding, of records from the state's prescription database (Lewis v. Superior Court).

The case involves the use of the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, California's mandatory prescription drug monitoring program which logs personal information about the recipient of controlled substance prescriptions . . .

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