Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule restrict pharmacists from giving advice about over-the-counter medicines to customers?


No. A pharmacist may provide advice to customers about over-the-counter medicines. The Privacy Rule permits a covered entity to disclose protected health information about an individual to the individual. See 45 CFR 164.502(a)(1)(i).



Date Created: 12/19/2002

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