California’s medical board may obtain patient prescription records without a warrant or subpoena, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday.
Dr. Alwin Carl Lewis, a Burbank internist, brought the case after the state placed him on probation for three years following a review of his prescription records.
Lewis contended the medical board’s access to the records violated his patients’ privacy.
The state high court, in a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, rejected the physician’s challenge. The government’s need to protect public safety outweighed any intrusion into privacy, the court said.
“Review of these records was justified by the state’s dual...