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Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
425 U.S. 748 (1976)


Facts

A Virginia State statute prohibited the advertisement of prescription drug prices. The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, Inc. (VCCC) (plaintiffs) brought suit in federal district court against the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy (VSBP) (defendants) on the grounds that the statute violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The district court agreed, and the VSBP appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

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  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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