HIPAA Blog

[ Thursday, January 10, 2008 ]

 

Troubling if True: A couple of ex-drug reps for Amgen are suing the company, and have alleged that Amgen encouraged them to search through the patient records of doctors they visited to try to find patients who might be good candidates for a particular drug Amgen makes. These are the types of things that get blown out of proportion when people are suing each other, so I'd caution against taking them on face value. However, it could be a HIPAA violation if patient data is used this way. It may be possible to couch the activity as a part of the physician's healthcare operations (in the way of education, for example). But it could be illegal marketing.

Jeff [11:08 AM]

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