Pharmacies share medical data with police without a warrant

The nation’s largest pharmacy chains have handed over Americans’ prescription records to police and government investigators without a warrant.

  • Though some of the chains require their lawyers to review law enforcement requests, three of the largest — CVS Health, Kroger and Rite Aid, with a combined 60,000 locations nationwide — said they allow pharmacy staff members to hand over customers’ medical records in the store.
  • The revelation could shape the debate over Americans’ expectations of privacy as Texas and other states move to criminalize abortion and drugs related to reproductive health.

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