Pharmacy company admits medical records breach

Pharmacy company admits medical records breach

Summary: A pharmacy company has admitted breaching the Data Protection Act after a computer system containing the details of 2,000 patients was stolen.Warwickshire-based Pharmacyrepublic Limited admitted the breach in September 2011 after a password-protected tower computer system containing patient names, addresses, and details of their medication went missing, an ICO spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

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A pharmacy company has admitted breaching the Data Protection Act after a computer system containing the details of 2,000 patients was stolen.

Warwickshire-based Pharmacyrepublic Limited admitted the breach in September 2011 after a password-protected tower computer system containing patient names, addresses, and details of their medication went missing, an ICO spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

The computer system was stolen during a handover of the premises to another business, the ICO announced on Tuesday.

The ICO found that the information was "of relatively limited sensitivity" as medication details did not necessarily indicate the medical condition of the patient, the spokesman said.

Pharmacyrepublic Limited escaped a fine, but signed an undertaking to improve data security.

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