FL Jury Finds Pharmacist Guilty of HIPAA Violations
Awards $1.44 Million . . .
A Marion County jury awarded a woman $1.44 million after a four day jury trial. The lawsuit alleged Audra Peterson, a pharmacist at a Walgreens store, improperly reviewed the prescription history of Abigail Hinchy, and divulged that confidential information to her husband, Davion Peterson, who has a child with Ms. Hinchy. The lawsuit spun out of a tangled relationship between the pharmacist, her husband and the man’s ex-girlfriend.
“As a provider of pharmaceutical service, defendant Walgreens Co. owes a non-delegable duty to its customers to protect their privacy and confidentiality of its customers’ pharmaceutical information and prescription histories,” Ms. Hinchy claimed in the lawsuit.
Walgreens was negligent in training and supervising Peterson, the suit said, while Peterson breached her statutory and common law duties of confidentiality and privacy to Ms. Hinchy.