Pharmacy Tech using social network to tell someone what Rx they need, not knowing the person is currently taking meds for it!

Is it a violation of HIPPA if a pharm tech sends a message via facebook calling someone a "Crazy Ass" and telling them to come see them at the pharmacy to get medicine for it if that person is currently being treated for depression and anxiety? I called and reported this person to their pharmacist but need to know if anything else can be done. I could never feel comfortable using that chain of pharmacies to fill any of my medicines due to the fact that they would have access to my records.

Answer: You can make a formal complaint to the state Board of Pharmacy. Go to their website and either call, fax, or email them details about the situation. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Jun 08, 2018
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Against the Law for ANY pharmacy tech to issue Medical/Pharmaceutical Advise to anyone!
by: Anonymous

Against the Law for ANY pharmacy tech to issue Medical/Pharmaceutical Advise to anyone!
so you definitely can and in my opinion should report this tech to the state board of pharmacy as some one before me stated.
I am very concerned about the disrespect and attitude that the pharmacy tech displayed in social media. So I have to wonder if this tech also does the same in person, on the job etc.
NO pharmacy technician should be dispensing medical advise which is known as counseling on or off duty. It is illegal and unethical, mainly because they have no training to do so and do not study the same things that a pharmacist, nurse or doctor does in order to do so. Part of giving medical advise is good communication skills, empathy, caring and positive attitude. I am embarrassed that you, a patient, have encountered this poor example of a pharm tech.
Just my professional and personal opinion,
JKM a CPhT and Educator

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