She Fills Rx At Walgreens, Gets Invite To Clinical Drug Study. HIPAA Violation?

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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?”

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