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Company: Worker Improperly Disposed Of Prescription Records

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A supermarket company says it has terminated an employee who improperly disposed of thousands of patients' pharmacy records from a Nevada store.

Smith's Food & Drug said Friday it discovered Aug. 29 that the worker at a Henderson store discarded nearly 58,000 patient prescriptions in July.

The company said the paper prescriptions were at least 11 years old and were placed in a trash compactor.

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According to Smith's, information in the records may include a patient's name, gender, birth date, address, phone number and prescription information.


Smith's said it hadn't received any indication that the information has been misused.


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Company spokeswoman Aubriana Martindale said Smith's will take steps to prevent similar incidents and is retraining some workers on health privacy.

Smith's is a division of Cincinnati -based Kroger.