STAT+: Pharmalittle: AbbVie’s Allergan reaches $2 billion deal on opioid lawsuits; internal IQVIA documents question patient data privacy

Rise and shine, folks. Another busy day is upon us. And it looks to be a hot one here at the Pharmalot campus, where the heat can be seen rising from the official mascot and the weeds are wilting before our eyes. Nonetheless, we shall persevere. And we hope that you will, as well. To increase your odds, why not join us for a cup of stimulation? We are quaffing cinnamon hazelnut this morning, for those who are interested. Meanwhile, here is your menu of tidbits. Stay cool and stay in touch. …

To the outside world and its countless health care customers, the data powerhouse IQVIA has portrayed itself as a bastion of privacy, fully committed to safeguarding the medical secrets it has spent decades collecting on tens of millions of Americans. But internal documents reveal a different reality. A STAT investigation found privacy lapses in the company’s secretive and long-running relationship with the credit-reporting firm Experian, whose detailed consumer data it buys and then links with Americans’ health records — all to deliver marketing insights to drug companies and device makers.

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