Magazine article Drug Topics

Garbage Snoops Snipped

Magazine article Drug Topics

Garbage Snoops Snipped

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Dumpster divers are forcing Wisconsin pharmacists to render prescription records they toss out unidentifiable. Under a law that took effect Feb.1, data about a person's medical condition can't be disposed of without first being shredded, erased from a computer storage system, or otherwise made unreadable. Similar actions must be taken with credit or customer account numbers, tax returns, and data provided to financial institutions when applying for a loan or opening an account.

Businesses can be sued for damages arising out of failure to properly dispose of the records. Businesses also can take steps that reasonably ensure that unauthorized persons won't have access to the records before they are destroyed. A dumpster diver who fishes the improperly disposed of records out of the trash can face lawsuits by the business and the subject, as well as up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A NABP report issued last May said state boards should take steps to ensure that all pharmacy records are disposed of in ways that maintain patient confidentiality.

Free CE

Members of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association now can receive free "live" CE programs through MPhA if they preregister within 72 hours of the program. MPhA also offers members a free CE record-keeping service.

APN dispensing

The Ohio Pharmacists Association was successful in limiting dispensing by advanced practice nurses (APNs), the association reported. A new law allows APNs to dispense only in public health clinics in underserved areas and only five classes of Rxs (prenatal vitamins, antifungals, scabicides, birth control medications, and antibiotics). …

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