Pharmacy chain, Ohio health department sued over HIV mailing

CVS Caremark and the Ohio Department of Health have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over a mailing that may have publicly revealed the identities of 6,000 individuals with HIV.

CVS Caremark and the Ohio Department of Health have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over a mailing that may have publicly revealed the identities of 6,000 individuals with HIV. The suit accuses the state of sharing private medical data with CVS in 2017 without patients' permission, enabling the company to make a marketing pitch to non-customers about its pharmacy services. The lawsuit alleges that the designation "PM 6402 HIV" was pasted above recipients' names and addresses. The class action suit, filed with the Ohio Court of Claims, comes after a federal lawsuit was filed against CVS in March over the mailing. CVS takes patient information seriously and will approach mailings differently in the future, according to a company spokesperson.