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When you go to the pharmacy to pick up a refill, the communications you receive there can be very valuable. But some advocates are concerned about patient privacy and want to make sure that these pharmacy programs give consumers the privacy protections they need. NCL formed a working group to create a set of voluntary best practice principles for the pharmacy industry.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), along with its implementing regulations and subsequent rules that build on HIPPA, create a national standard for medical privacy. These privacy laws give patients greater control over their personal health information. Healthcare providers -- including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, psychotherapists -- as well as hospitals and most health plans, must adopt and follow policies to safeguard the privacy of your health information.