Floridians’ Private Prescription Info Leaked

As part of Florida’s efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances.

Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that database.

“The private medical information of more than 3,000 Floridians–namely what prescription drugs they take, the dosage, their date of birth, address, and the name of the pharmacy that dispensed the prescription, ended up in the hands of third parties who simply have no legal right to know which law-abiding citizens are taking which prescribed medications,” stated ACLU of Florida Associate Legal Director Maria Kayanan in a statement. “We want to know how this monumental breach of security and confidentiality occurred, and how a State-mandated database could apparently be so misused that it led to the widespread distribution of intimate medical information unconnected to any ongoing investigation.”

The organization has now filed a public records request in order to find out how exactly that happened.

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