Today’s Bottom Line column:
Marie Levine received more than medication when she filled a prescription recently at a local Walgreens pharmacy, even though she didn’t know it at the time.
Days later, Walgreens sent a letter inviting Levine to participate in a clinical drug trial that offered up to a year of care and monitoring by a local doctor, no health insurance required, and payment of up to $550. The investigational study drug treats a disease she doesn’t have, though she needed immediate treatment for a sudden case of invasion of privacy.
“I am totally outraged,” says Levine, a West Hartford resident. “Hasn’t anyone at Walgreens heard of HIPAA?”