Appeals Court Upholds Verdict against Walgreen

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a $1.4 million verdict against Walgreen Co. and a pharmacist who shared confidential medical information about a client who once dated her husband.



Walgreen had appealed a Marion County jury's 2013 verdict awarding Abigail Hinchy $1.44 million in damages for the pharmacist's violation of a federal law's patient privacy provisions.



Trial evidence showed Walgreen pharmacist Audra Withers improperly reviewed Hinchy's private health information and shared it with her husband, who then shared it with others.



Hinchy's attorney, Neal F. Eggeson Jr. says Friday's order is the nation's first published court decision in which a health-care provider has been held liable for an employee's violations of federal privacy law.



A Walgreen spokesman says the company plans to appeal the ruling.