Pharmacist reprimanded for seeking Prince’s medical records

Pharmacist reprimanded for seeking Prince’s medical records

An Indianapolis pharmacist has been reprimanded by the state for trying to access the medical records of the late pop singer Prince.

Katrina Kalb was issued a letter of reprimand by the Indiana State Board of Pharmacy after she accessed the state’s Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking (INSPECT) system. INSPECT keeps electronic records of controlled substance prescriptions; the information is supplied by pharmacists.

She accessed the system on April 22, 2016, at 6:44 p.m. She typed in the name of Prince Nelson and the singer’s birth date of June 7, 1958.

 Prince died at his Minneapolis studio and home on April 21. News media had reported that Prince died of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

At the time, Kalb was “not providing medical or pharmaceutical treatment or evaluating the need for providing medical or pharmaceutical treatment to Prince,” the board said in its finding.

As part of the state’s order, Kalb is to undergo 12 months of continuing education in the area of ethics and 12 hours of community service during the next six months.

 The order states that she generated an INSPECT report but does not indicate if Kalb was successful in tracking Prince’s prescriptions.

According to a LinkedIn website, Kalb had been a pharmacist for a Marsh pharmacy west of Indianapolis.

I wonder how many complaints that have been filed with the Indiana Board of Pharmacy over HIPAA violations by community pharmacists speaking loud enough for other pts in the Rx dept area to over hear HIPAA protected personal health information (PHI) and the complaint(s) are dismissed without any action against the “offending Pharmacist” ?

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  1. hmmm how do u get those records,,,of ,”who” access your PRIVATE medical records??maryw

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