Prescriptions found on street spark probe

Ontario’s privacy commissioner is investigating after thousands of medical prescriptions were found blowing around on a street in Gatineau last week.

The prescriptions date from 1994, and they contained personal information about patients who used to be clients of what used to be Nelson Drugs on Main Street in Old Ottawa East.

The prescriptions ended up on Gatineau’s Maloney Boulevard when a garbage bag burst after it fell off the back of a truck.

The owner of what is now called Watson Pharmacy and Wellness Centre, Scott Watson, has already publicly apologized, saying he found the garbage bag in the basement and asked a friend to dispose of it, not realizing it contained old prescriptions.


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