A class-action lawsuit has been filed with the Ohio Court of Claims against CVS Caremark and the Ohio Department of Health over a mailing that may have publicly disclosed the identities of 6 thousand HIV patients.
The lawsuit filed by a Cleveland-area attorney says the state shared private medical information with CVS last summer without patients' authorization, allowing CVS to make a marketing pitch to non-customers about its pharmacy services. The lawsuit says the designation "PM 6402 HIV" was visible above the name and address of recipients. A federal lawsuit was filed against CVS in March over the mailing. A CVS spokesperson says the company will handle future mailings differently. A health department spokesperson says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.