HENDERSON (FOX5) – Smith & # 39; s Food & Drug announced that a former affiliate of "improperly disposed" 12 boxes of pharmacy records at its Henderson location on Sunset Road .  Smiths announced the announcement in a press release on October 25. According to the statement, the incident was discovered on August 29, 2019 at the 4600 East Sunset Road store.
The company said that the previous affiliation disposed of the records at the end of July 2019. About 57,600 patient prescriptions were discarded.
"During the investigation of this incident, it was determined that prescriptions on hard copies were involved, and these records may include the patient's first name, last name, gender, date of birth, home address, telephone number, drug name, prescription number and third party payer information," Smith said in statement.
The records were at least 11 years old and were thrown into the store's garbage compactor. According to the company, there has been no indication that the information has been misused as a result of the incident.
Aubriana Martindale, Smith's Food & Drug CEO, said the company is taking patients' privacy seriously and will continue to work on protective measures to prevent similar incidents.
"In addition, we train selected staff in HIPAA's policies and procedures, including proper disposal of records," Martindale said. "We sincerely regret that this incident happened."
Smiths said that patients were asked to look at the statements they received from the health plan as a cautious measure.
Customers can contact the company at 1-877-551-7953, or by writing to Kroger's HIPAA Privacy Office at 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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