Patient information stolen with McKesson computers

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Pharmaceutical distributor McKesson of San Francisco reported on Sept. 13 that two computers containing confidential patient data were stolen from the company on July 18, according to Reuters.

The computers contained data on thousands of participants in a program to help supply medications to low-income patients, McKesson spokesman James Larkin told Reuters. He said the patients were notified that their information may have been compromised, and local police and the FBI were investigating the theft.

He also told Reuters that the company was not at risk of having violated the terms of  HIPAA, implemented in 2003 to protect patient privacy rights.  "The information that was potentially compromised was not covered under HIPAA," Larkin said.