There was a time when our medical information was considered private with very few exceptions.
Remember HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act)? Everywhere we went we signed reams of paper detailing how our personal and medical information was manipulated, distributed, or NOT. Of course, there were loopholes, but a lot of trees bit the dust, for all those reams of paper.
Aug 9th in The New York Times, a violation of patient trust is transpiring in the profession I once loved, respected and practiced ethically, to the very best of my ability.
To summarize the link below, your personal medical profile as well as pharmaceutical useage is being sold, not shared, SOLD, by diverse sources, like pharmacy chains and mining database companies, for profit. Some have protested that information like names, addresses, social security numbers, etc. are redacted, but apparently not.
I noticed one very large chain which has pharmacies within its walls was not among those mentioned.
When I first entered the pharmacy profession, the prescription was the property of the patient for whom it was written. However, federal and state laws have clouded that definition and methods by which it can be transferred to another pharmacy of the patient's choosing. Since laws vary from state to state, it is impossible for a understandable summary to be written in a blog.
Please read the article and if you suspect your information has been compromised, try a little detective work. You still do have rights.
Within the anticipated changes in healthcare proposed by our government, is computerized medical records which are transportable between medical services and facilities. HIPPA will essentially be null and void.