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Case Name: Robert P. WHALEN
as Commissioner of Health of NY v. Richard ROE infant

Date, Location, Cite: 1977 NY
429 U.S. 589
US SUPREME COURT

NY passed law to require a copy of every Rx with a legal & illegal market- Patient. & Drs. sued, said it was Needless broad intrusion into privacy, violated. "zone of Privacy" 2 ways, both personal & right to make Rx decisions, without Government intervention- Supreme Court said this was a reasonable exercise of police powers; since info was not public, was adequate. safeguard- patient routinely disclose to Insurance Co., Health Dept; Suit that right to practice was impaired was "frivolous" Court. chose right of society to stop drug abuse over individual pt's rights.