prescription drug monitoring program

DEA is investigating two pharmacies in Colorado. It doesn’t want those pharmacies to know it is investigating them. But it needs information relating to these pharmacies and the prescriptions they are dispensing to assist with its investigation. So DEA is doing what it does on a regular basis in many states. It is issuing subpoenas for the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”) data relevant to these registrants. And Colorado is objecting.

Federal Court Rules Patients Have Reasonable Expectation to Privacy of Prescription Drug Information

A Federal District Court in Oregon has ruled that patients have a Fourth Amendment privacy right in their prescription drug information–even if such information is forwarded to and maintained by a state-run database.  Consequently, government agencies will be required to obtain a