Walgreen Verdict of a $1.4 Million Verdict Sets Health Privacy Precedent

A Marion County, Indiana, jury verdict affirmed Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals upholds a $1.4 million verdict for a Walgreen pharmacy customer whose prescription information was provided to a third party and sets a national precedent, according to the Indianapolis lawyer who argued the case. The disclosure apparently was done by a Walgreen employee without the knowledge or approval of her manager.

“This is the first published court decision in the nation in which a health care provider has been held liable for HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) violations committed by its employees,” plaintiffs attorney Neal Eggeson said of the decision.

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