RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - March 21, 2001 -Quintiles Transnational Corp. (Nasdaq: QTRN) today announced that U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle issued a new order continuing the preliminary injunction against WebMD that had been issued on Friday, March 16, 2001.
The court's order, filed today, states that the public interest weighs heavily in favor of enforcing the data rights agreement between Quintiles and WebMD. The order goes on to state that "WebMD has failed to make" a showing that the delivery of the de-identified data violates the laws of one or more states and that "WebMD erred in its contentions that the privacy laws of some States excuse its non-performance under the Data Rights Agreement."
Commenting on the judge's order, John S. Russell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Quintiles Transnational Corp., said: "Quintiles is pleased with the order on several fronts. First, the court recognized the strong public benefit in Quintiles' use of de-identified data to improve healthcare, while at the same time protecting individual patient privacy - which is of utmost concern to Quintiles. Second, the court found that WebMD was wrong in cutting off data delivery to Quintiles."
The full text of the order is being filed by Quintiles in a Form 8-K.
Quintiles Transnational is the world's leading provider of information, technology and services to bring new medicines to patients faster and improve healthcare. Headquartered near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Quintiles employs a global workforce of 18,000 in 39 countries. Quintiles Transnational is a member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 1000. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.quintiles.com.