2 Minn. Pharmacists Disciplined for Accessing Medical Records of Deceased Individuals, One of Them Prince

October 24, 2017 10:48 PM

Two pharmacists in Minnesota have been disciplined by the State Board of Pharmacy for illegally accessing the private medical records of  Prince.

The data is collected and stored by the Prescription Monitoring Program. A pharmacist operating out of Paynesville tapped into Prince's medical information in April 2016.  The pharmacist, Lee Landsteiner, admitted he had no legitimate reason.

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The Board of Pharmacy fined Landsteiner $1,000 and issued a letter of reprimand

A few months later, a pharmacist in Edina, Rachel Konz, accessed the PMP records of a patient she wasn't treating, also in violation of state law. 

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Cody Wiberg, head of the Board of Pharmacy, said pharmacists may only look at data of their current patients.

Konz signed a letter of reprimand and acknowledged she snooped into a deceased person's file.  Konz was fined by the state board and fired by her employer. 

Wiberg said out of a handful of allegations, Landsteiner and Konz were the only two claims substantiated by the state.  The state uses the database to monitor Minnesotans who hold opioid prescriptions, which is an estimated 6 million a year.

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The State Board of Pharmacy has a team of investigators assigned to make sure nobody is snooping on the information.  They can track when and where, specifically, the query came from. 

Also, in July, state law changed making it mandatory for all 40,000 prescribers in Minnesota to sign-up for the prescription monitoring program. 

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