I met this pharmacy tech a couple years ago through an old co worker they was room mates been around this person maybe a total of two hours but i do see her when i fill prescriptions because she works at the pharmacy so dont really know her well but i got a message from the old co worker about my prescription. Is this legal if i wanted ppl to know about my personal and medical life i would tell them highly upset! And seems very unprofessional!
NO, that is a clear violation of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). No doctor or pharmacy can discuss or release your PHI (Protected Health Information) or PII (Personally Identifiable Information) without your consent. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) may choose to impose a $50,000 fine if they were to receive a complaint about that pharmacy.
Ryan is absolutely correct! This is a violation that could get the tech fined and fired depending on the circumstances! If the coworker was just told "tell Red221 that their precription is ready to be picked up" may not be a violation but if any more info was given like the name of the drug you were on or any other particulars that could inform the person of the condition for which you are being treated, it is a direct violation of HIPAA and is a major no no. You can tell this person next time you see them that if it happens again you will report them or you can file a complaint with their manager. I can guarantee they will get into big trouble because most pharmacies take HIPAA very seriously as they can be fined a lot of money and lose their license to dispense so it is a big deal and a big no no line to cross if they were pasing information about your medicine or anything to do with your condition being treated.
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