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Your Republican Legislators: Defending the Rights of Poor Pharmaceutical Companies

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It’s not surprising that none of the seven Republicans who voted in committee against a bill prohibiting drug companies from using prescription information for marketing purposes were available for quote in this piece by Mike Dennison.

House Bill 394 has a simple premise: drug companies are not entitled to use your prescription information for marketing purposes and that all Montanans have a right to privacy when it comes to the pharmaceuticals they are prescribed.

If I were a constituent of Pat Ingraham, Bill Beck, David Howard, Michael More,  Cary Smith, Ron Stoker, or Jeffrey Wellborn, I’d certainly be tempted to ask for an explanation of this vote.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

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  • Not that it is a reason to vote against HB394, but I wonder how much the pharmacies make by selling this information? I know a lot of the community pharmacy folks have tight bottom lines so I would just be curious if it is a significant source of income.

    Do you know if MCPA testified on the bill?

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