Maine pays $678,000 in legal fees in drug case
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says the state has paid $678,000 in legal fees in a court case that shot down a Maine law restricting drug manufacturers' use of information about the drugs doctors prescribe.
IMS Health Inc. sued the state of Vermont over a law requiring it to get doctors' permission before selling data on their prescription-writing habits to drug companies to use to tailor sales pitches.
The U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that Vermont's law was unconstitutional, thereby making a similar law in Maine — which was passed in 2007, before LePage became governor — unconstitutional as well.
A federal judge last month ordered Maine to pay $678,000 in IMS Health's legal fees related to the case.
Vermont this year was ordered to pay $2.4 million in legal fees.