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Three pharmacists reprimanded for trying to access Prince’s prescription history

By | Published on Tuesday 24 October 2017


Three pharmacists in Indiana have been reprimanded by regulators for trying to access Prince’s medical records in the days after his untimely death in April 2016.

The Indiana Board Of Pharmacy recently issue the reprimands against each of the three individuals, who separately tried to access information about Prince on the state’s Inspect database, which doctors and pharmacists use to check the prescription histories of patients.

None of the pharmacists who have been reprimanded had ever treated the musician, who lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They attempted to access his prescription history as rumours were circulating regarding the potential role prescription drugs had played in his death. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota later ruled that the pop star had died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

According to the Associated Press, the three pharmacists have been reprimanded for misusing the Inspect database following an investigation by the state Attorney General’s office. All three will have to complete twelve hours of ethics education and community service as a result of the breach, while two were also fined $1000 each.