Walgreen Co., Walgreen of San Patricio, and Walgreen of Puerto Rico (collectively, Walgreen) sued John V. Rullan, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Health Department (Secretary), under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging the constitutionality of a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico statute requiring that all pharmacies seeking to open or relocate within the Commonwealth obtain a "certificate of necessity and convenience." 24 L.P.R.A. § 334 et. seq. Walgreen asserts that this statute is unconstitutional because it impermissibly discriminates against or excessively burdens interstate commerce and violates due process. The district court rejected these arguments. Because we conclude that the statute impermissibly discriminates against interstate commerce, we reverse.
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