IN: Pharmacy pays fine for jeopardizing patient information

A local drug store has agreed to punishment for jeopardizing the private information of its customers.

13 Investigates found the problem in a dumpster loaded with patient records three years ago at Low Cost Pharmacy on the south side. Monday, the owner of the small drug store chain reached a settlement with the state pharmacy board.

The settlement requires additional training for all pharmacy staff to better protect customer privacy. Low Cost Pharmacy will receive a letter of reprimand from the Pharmacy Board and will pay a $250 fine to settle state charges that it improperly disposed of private patient information.

Read more on WTHR, whose investigation into pharmacies dumping records led to the case cited above.

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3 comments to “IN: Pharmacy pays fine for jeopardizing patient information”

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  1. Anonymous - June 10, 2009

    I can’t believe the fine has gone down &250 from last year’s $1,000 offer of the pharmacy. That doesn’t even equal the dangers of jeopardizing one’s private medical data. Do you have any info about any further moves against Low Cost Pharmacy?

  2. Anonymous - June 11, 2009

    I don’t know of any, but that doesn’t rule out the FTC or HHS having their own investigation. If they do, we won’t hear about it unless they do something.

  3. Anonymous - June 14, 2009

    If results on their investigations differ largely from this decision, it will surely be challenged.

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