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October 04, 2016

Philadelphia Bar Association Applauds Pa. Supreme Court Decision Striking Physician Gag Law

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano today issued the following statement:

"The Philadelphia Bar Association applauds the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for striking down a portion of the Commonwealth's oil and gas law that prohibited physicians from obtaining information about fracking chemicals that could harm their patients. In Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Court ruled that this ‘physician gag law' violated the Pennsylvania Constitution's prohibition against special laws that benefit specific groups or industries.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association supports passage of the Patient Trust Act, currently pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This bill prohibits laws that force physicians to provide medically inaccurate information or that gag physicians from sharing accurate relevant medical information.

"Physicians should be able to provide a medical service in a manner that is evidence-based and appropriate for the patient. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth is consistent with the purpose of the Patient Trust Act."

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