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Previously, staff had been instructed to either black out patient information or remove the label from the vial before putting it in the trash

Indianapolis TV station WTHR inspected nearly 300 trash bins and found nearly 2,400 patient records, including pill bottles, customer refill lists and prescription labels. Most of the bins belonged to Walgreens Co., CVS Corp. or Rite Aid Corp. The inspections were done in more than a dozen cities ranging from Boston to Louisville, Ky., to Phoenix.

The station said its investigation began after authorities said a grandmother from Bloomington, Ind., was robbed at her front door by a thief found her address in a CVS trash bin. The man posed as a pharmacy employee to try to steal her prescription for the painkiller Oxycontin, according to authorities.

As part of its response, Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Co. said it was now instructing staff to lock outdoor trash bins at all times and was reviewing the way it disposes of patient information.

In Woonsocket, R.I., where CVS is headquartered, 460 patient records were found in CVS trash bins, the station said. Responding to the findings, CVS sent a statement acknowledging it was unacceptable that patient information could be retrieved from the bins.

«Nothing is more central to our health care operations than maintaining the privacy of health information,» the CVS statement said.

The report aired in multiple installments up through this month.

CVS, which operates about 6,200 stores nationwide, said it was now requiring all trash generated in its pharmacies — and not just trash containing patient information — to be placed in special bags that are then returned to CVS warehouses. It said it was also holding in-store training sessions to review proper procedures for handling of the pharmacy trash.

«Our policy, when it’s followed correctly, is foolproof,» said CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis. «But if there’s a lack of execution, that’s where issues arise. So we’ve enhanced the policies and procedures in order to make sure that they are followed.»

Walgreens, the nation’s biggest drugstore chain by revenue, said it had e-mailed all of its stores to reiterate its policy for 고흥출장안마 handling patient information.

The company also said it was now requiring that patient vials be returned to pharmacy warehouses to be thrown out. Previously, staff had been instructed to either black out patient information or remove the label from the vial before putting it in the trash. Outside trash bins are also to be locked at all times, the company said.

Walgreens spokeswoman Carol Hively said Thursday the company was concerned certain employees were not following proper procedures and was trying to reinforce the rules. But she said other TV stations that have conducted similar investigations have not found privacy problems.

«We feel that having seen these other reports from around the country where other TV stations randomly selected Walgreens stores and there was a good outcome makes us feel that these efforts were successful,» she said.

Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid Corp., the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain, is enforcing current policies and has not made changes, said spokeswoman Jody Cook. She said company policy calls for pharmacies to shred confidential patient information, such as prescription labels. If the store is not set up to do that, then the information is to be sent back to pharmacy warehouses to be destroyed.

«We have policies in place to protect patient information, so really it was more of a retraining,» Cook said.


That was the last time the toddler saw his mother

A Yemeni mother who was denied entry to the U.S. under a controversial travel ban has been granted a visa and a travel waiver, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told CBS News.

CAIR had called for authorities to swiftly issue the visa to Shaima Swileh, a Yemeni national living in Egypt, 용인출장안마 so she can see her 2-year-old son Abdullah Hassan one last time.

The child, a U.S. citizen, has been on life support at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland for the past month. He was born with a brain condition that caused weekly seizures, according to his father, Ali Hassan. The Trump administration’s travel ban, which applies to travelers from mostly Muslim majority nations, has been keeping Swileh from entering the U.S. — «literally separating family from each other,» according to Hassan.

«I’m literally seeing my son dying in front of my eyes,» Hassan told CBS News’ Mireya Villarreal.

Hassan is a U.S. citizen living in Stockton, California. His son was born in Yemen and later became a U.S. citizen. In October, Hassan brought his son from Cairo to the U.S. for medical treatment. That was the last time the toddler saw his mother.

Doctors have indicated the child may not be able to survive on life support much longer.

CAIR told CBS News’ Villarreal that Swileh has been granted a visa for relatives of U.S. citizens and a travel ban waiver. The family was notified early Tuesday.

The travel ban includes certain exemptions and allows for waiver applications for undue hardship if entry is denied, if the admission is in the national interest and won’t pose a national security risk, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The visa Swileh was issued will allow her to stay in the U.S. regardless of what happens to the boy and continue with the process of becoming a citizen, Villarreal reports.


The baby’s doing great and happy and healthy, and it’s a really joyful time,» she added

Like any other proud grandmother, Kris Jenner is happy to gush about daughter Kim Kardashian and hernew baby girl, North West.

Appearing on the «Today» show Tuesday, Jenner said baby North West, 담양출장안마 who is just over a week old, is «amazing.»

«Everybody’s doing really well at home. … The baby’s doing great and happy and healthy, and it’s a really joyful time,» she added.

Later Tuesday, while appearing on «The View,» Jenner explained the significance of her granddaughter’s compass-inspired name.

«I love the name North,» Jenner said of her third grandchild’s moniker. «I’m pro-North, absolutely. The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means Highest Power, and she says that North is their highest point together. And I thought that was really sweet.»

Jenner was making the media rounds to promote her upcoming talk show, «Kris,» which premieres July 15.


Municipal governments currently enjoy high levels of autonomy and control their own police forces, something the president is now seeking to weaken

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president announced a nationwide anti-crime plan Thursday that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.

The plan announced by President Enrique Pena Nieto came two months after 43 teachers college students disappeared in the Guerrero city of Iguala, allegedly killed and incinerated by a drug gang working with local police. Huge marches have been held to protest their disappearance.

Pena Nieto suggested his plan was influenced by the Iguala tragedy, noting its «cruelty and barbarity have shocked Mexico.»

«Mexico cannot go on like this,» he said. «After Iguala, Mexico must change.»

As if to underscore the problem, authorities said Thursday that they had found the decapitated, partly burned bodies of 11 men dumped on the side of a road near another Guerrero city.

The president’s plan would also relax the complex divisions between which offenses are dealt with at federal, state and local levels. At present, some local police refuse to act to prevent federal crimes like drug trafficking. It would also seek to establish a national identity number or document, though it was unclear what form that would take.

The plan would focus first on four of Mexico’s most troubled states — Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco and Tamaulipas. More federal police and other security forces would be sent to the «hot land» region overlapping the first two states, where the government has already sent significant contingents of federal police and soldiers.

«My response to the police operation in the ‘hot lands’ is: ‘What? Another one?'» said Mexico City-based security analyst Alejandro Hope, alluding to a string of previous anti-crime initiatives in the area. «The same as the others, for a limited time and without the right conditions?»

At a briefing for reporters later in the day, presidential chief of staff Aurelio Nuno said that within a year and a half the municipal police forces in those four states would be completely gone, replaced with state police under a clear command structure.

«What this case of Iguala has shown the government and I believe all of Mexican society, in a brutal and overwhelming way, is the level of weakness that exists especially in this part of the country in terms of security, justice and the rule of law,» Nuno said.

The reforms, some of which would require constitutional changes, will be formally presented next week. They would include a single, nationwide emergency telephone number, which the president said could be «911,» as in the United States. But Pena Nieto was vague in describing some of the proposals.

The focus on corrupt local governments reflects the shocking accusations made about the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca. Prosecutors say he collaborated with a local drug gang and 전주출장안마 ordered the detention of the students by local police, who turned them over to gang gunmen.

Municipal governments currently enjoy high levels of autonomy and control their own police forces, something the president is now seeking to weaken. Nuno said an autonomous prosecutor’s office would empowered to investigate municipal governments. If it found collusion with organized crime or other corruption there would be a mechanism, yet to be determined, that would allow the federal government to take control of the local government.

Similar broad, federal anti-crime plans announced in 2004 and 2008 brought some improvements in areas such as vetting of police officers, but failed to prevent some entire municipal police forces from being coopted by crime gangs. As a result, Mexicans have become skeptical of such announcements.

«More than announcements, the public needs to see concrete actions that make this rhetoric seem believable,» said Pedro Torres, a law professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey university’s school of government. «There is definitely nothing new here that they haven’t tried to implement before.»

Pena Nieto began his administration in 2012 hoping to concentrate on economic and legal reforms and avoid the focus on drug-gang violence that dominated the term of his predecessor, Felipe Calderon.

Thursday marked Pena Nieto’s first broad policy statement on the subject, a tacit acknowledgement that the issue had become unavoidable.

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