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HIPAA Pharmacy Investigation Continues

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 6, 2010

The Office for Civil Rights this week confirmed that it is investigating Walgreens in relation to a four-year-old story involving the improper disposal of personal health information at pharmacy chains including CVS and Rite Aid. HealthLeaders Media reports that Walgreens was not mentioned in the settlement agreements reached recently with the other two chains; however, it was reported as being involved when WTHR broke the story in 2007. A Walgreens spokesman said, "We don't comment on whether or not an investigation is being conducted. If HHS has something to announce, we would defer to them. We have high confidence in our HIPAA compliance program and believe we have strong procedures to ensure compliance."
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