Pharmacists in Trouble For Attempting to Access Prince’s Medical Records
There are certain professions that are allowed access to our personal medical records. It's scary to know that there are snoopers out there, which is what happened to Prince.
Prince died last year (2016) on April 21st of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Immediately after his death, 3 different pharmacists attempted to access his medical records to see his history of controlled substances, according to KSTP.
None of the pharmacists, all from Indiana, had ever treated Prince, yet the state's medical database showed they tried to access his medical records after the announcement of his death.
Patient medical history databases log all attempts made by anybody who accesses medical records for any individual. In this case, the attorney general's office in Indiana determined each of the pharmacists who attempted access to Prince's records, had no reason to view this information and were given a reprimand by The State Board of Pharmacy.
Included in the reprimand were 12 hours of ethics education, a $1,000 fine, and community service.
All states in the U.S. comply with the national HIPAA compliance, giving you privacy of your personal medical records. Any time a medical professional needs to access your medical records, they need your permission as well as allowing you to see the "Notice of Privacy Practices". The video below explains how HIPAA works and protects you.