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Research in Rhode Island



Rhode Island allows pharmacies to disclose prescription information to researchers “in accordance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.”1 Providers may disclose confidential patient health information without consent for research purposes.2

Rhode Island authorizes the director of health (“director”) to administer the “controlled substance therapeutic research program.” The director has the authority to protect the privacy of program participants identifying information.3

Records regarding an individual’s registration at an alcohol treatment facility and all other matters are confidential. The director of the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities, and hospitals4 may permit disclosure of such records for research purposes so long as the information is not published in a manner that would identify individuals.5



  • 1. Gen.Laws 1956, § 5-19.1-17.
  • 2. Gen.Laws 1956, § 5-37.3-4.
  • 3. Gen.Laws 1956, § 21-28.4-1.
  • 4. Department formally known as the “department of mental health, retardation and hospitals.”
  • 5. Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-1.10-13.


Research in Rhode Island

  • No State laws are available.