Tuesday, December 05, 2006

U.S. stores change privacy rules after patient info found in trash

I found this pretty interesting. From what I've seen, most pharmacies have come a long way when it comes to proper disposal of patient information. I remember walking through a pharmacy parking lot perhaps 7 or 8 years ago and found extra patient labels that had blown out of the overfilled dumpster. I'm sure there are a few stores out there that still put this type of info in the regular garbage, but I think it's a lot less common now.

From CBC News:
The largest drugstore chains in the United States say they are working to better protect patient privacy after an investigative TV report checked city trash bins and found information on hundreds of store customers.

Indianapolis TV station WTHR inspected nearly 300 trash bins and found nearly 2,400 patient records, including pill bottles, customer refill lists and prescription labels. ...more

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