Doctor, Reveal Thyself

  • by: |
  • 03/31/2008
As many in this country are calling for a ban on the sharing of physician prescribing data -- our regulatory cousins in the United Kingdom are moving aggressively in precisely the opposite direction.

According to a report in the Financial Times,

The government is considering making public the full details of 700m prescriptions issued by general practitioners each year.

Publication could provide valuable new statistics to help improve treatment, fight "postcode prescribing" and hold GPs more accountable.

The proposal is sensitive, however, following embarrassing losses of personal information by government agencies in recent months. Medical specialists warn that detailed prescription data could also threaten patient confidentiality and undermine existing research databases.

The aim was "to determine whether it would be possible to make practice-level prescribing data more accessible to the private sector", the government said in an answer to a recent parliamentary question.

Sue Sharpe, head of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, which represents pharmacists, said, "I have concerns about patient and prescriber confidentiality" if the data were released more widely. She also commented that it could also lead to "aggressive promotion of prescriptions" by drug companies.

Here's a link to the complete article:

Same issues as here at home, but a completely antipodal policy design.

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

Blog Roll

Alliance for Patient Access Alternative Health Practice
Better Health
Biotech Blog
CA Medicine man
Cafe Pharma
Campaign for Modern Medicines
Carlat Psychiatry Blog
Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look
Conservative's Forum
Club For Growth
Diabetes Mine
Disruptive Women
Doctors For Patient Care
Dr. Gov
Drug Channels
DTC Perspectives
Envisioning 2.0
FDA Law Blog
Fierce Pharma
Fresh Air Fund
Furious Seasons
Gel Health News
Hands Off My Health
Health Business Blog
Health Care BS
Health Care for All
Healthy Skepticism
Hooked: Ethics, Medicine, and Pharma
Hugh Hewitt
In the Pipeline
In Vivo
Internet Drug News
Jaz'd Healthcare
Jaz'd Pharmaceutical Industry
Jim Edwards' NRx
Kaus Files
Laffer Health Care Report
Little Green Footballs
Med Buzz
Media Research Center
More than Medicine
National Review
Neuroethics & Law
Nurses For Reform
Nurses For Reform Blog
Opinion Journal
Orange Book
Peter Rost
Pharm Aid
Pharma Blog Review
Pharma Blogsphere
Pharma Marketing Blog
Pharmacology Corner
Pharmaceutical Business Review
Piper Report
Prescription for a Cure
Public Plan Facts
Real Clear Politics
Shark Report
Shearlings Got Plowed
Taking Back America
Terra Sigillata
The Cycle
The Catalyst
The Lonely Conservative
Town Hall
Washington Monthly
World of DTC Marketing
WSJ Health Blog