CVS, Ohio Health Dept. sued over mailing that may have disclosed HIV status of 6,000 people

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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 14: Letters are seen in the sorting machine at the Processing and Distribution Center on the busiest mailing day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service on December 14, 2015 in Miami, Florida. With 10 days to go until Christmas eve, today the postal service was expecting 612 million pieces […]

COLUMBUS (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed with the Ohio Court of Claims against CVS Caremark and the state Health Department over a mailing that might have publicly disclosed the identity of 6,000 HIV patients.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the lawsuit filed by a Cleveland-area attorney says the state shared private medical information with CVS last summer without patients’ authorization, allowing CVS to make a marketing pitch to non-customers about its pharmacy services.

The lawsuit says the designation “PM 6402 HIV” was visible above the name and address of recipients.

A federal lawsuit was filed against CVS in March over the mailing.

A CVS spokesman says the company takes patient information seriously and will handle future mailings differently.

A Health Department spokesman says the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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