Drug research company Pharmafakt GFD has been accused of selling raw data on drug prescription habits to pharmaceutical companies. Although selling the information is legal if made anonymous, this information was not coded in any way, which would allow pharma companies to see which doctors are prescribing which drugs and would help to instruct representatives where they should focus their efforts.
The Munich-based company was exposed by a former employee who said, under oath, that he’d been asked over several years to deal with information which had not been made anonymous. The GFD denied the allegations, saying that the information was being use to produce studies, was not passed on or sold, and fit with data protection laws.
If the GFD are found to be at fault, it could be one of the largest data privacy scandals in the German medical field to date.