Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

California court says med board could probe prescriptions

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court says the state medical board did not violate patients' privacy when it dug through prescription data while investigating their doctor.

The ruling Monday came in the case of a Burbank doctor who was investigated after a patient complained that the physician suggested she go on a diet.

While the board found he didn't provide improper care to that patient, it later put him on probation for providing excessive prescriptions to two other patients after digging through his prescribing history in a state database.

Dr. Alwin Lewis challenged the discipline on grounds that the state violated the privacy of his patients by looking at their medication records.

The court unanimously ruled that the board had good reason to search the records without a warrant or subpoena.

2017-07-17 17:33:43 GMT

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