November 12, 2015
The Pharma Industry has so much power that over time they have lobbied and created laws in this country preventing even mass murderers’ medical records from being looked at – even after their death.
An individual’s right to privacy regarding medical records is an important and well-founded legally protected right. However, when this legal protection extends beyond death for an individual who has killed others and then himself, it must be asked: who does the law protect?
The cost to society is too great to permit the pharmaceutical companies to continue to benefit from HIPPA laws that were meant to protect individuals.
If violent criminals’ medical histories could be studied, we would be able to better identify connections between pharmaceutical interventions and the violent side effects they are known to induce.
Barry Segal, Founder of Focus for Health Foundation
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