Monday, September 21, 2015

Pharmacist Charged with Privacy Breaches of Prescription Records

A South Carolina drug screener and a pharmacist have been charged with conspiring to steal confidential patient prescription records from a state database so attorneys could use them in Family Court cases.

The two men allegedly plotted to illegally pull information from the state’s prescription database, which more than 63 million records. The restricted system allows officials to monitor for potential misuse of powerful narcotics such as Oxycontin while protecting patient confidentiality.

"As a pharmacist, he has access to the prescription database. But he is accused of illegally pulling records of people not in his care and giving those records to [attorneys]."
- The Post and Courier
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Sources:
(a) Drug tester, pharmacist deny wrongdoing in alleged prescription records breach - www.PostAndCourier.com, 09/11/2015

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