Does Walgreens’ New Up-Close-And-Personal Pharmacy Approach Violate Privacy Laws?

Does Walgreens’ New Up-Close-And-Personal Pharmacy Approach Violate Privacy Laws?

In an effort intended to provide pharmacy customers a less impersonal experience, some Walgreens stores have been redesigned to get pharmacists out in the store, consulting with customers at desks, without the traditional counter (and sometimes panes of bulletproof glass) between them. But the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services wants to see if this new “Well Experience” model is unintentionally revealing customers’ private medical information. [More]

Practice Good Hygiene Or Be Shamed By The White House

Practice Good Hygiene Or Be Shamed By The White House

We at Consumerist understand the importance of washing your hands and practicing good hygiene. We’re also big fans of publicly humiliating people who endanger us with their gross germs. That’s why we love this video of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopping a press briefing and scolding MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd for sneezing into his hand, instead of his elbow.

New FoodSafety Website Helps You Stop Accidentally Poisoning Your Family

New FoodSafety Website Helps You Stop Accidentally Poisoning Your Family

The USDA and Health and Human Services (HHS) today unveiled a new website focused on food safety at foodsafety.gov. It’s got lots of info on how to keep food from spoiling, but better still it’s a good launching pad for filing complaints, or keeping track of what’s going on in your state (check the “state agency” widget in the bottom right column).

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/04/now-that-red-harry-potter-glasses-wearing-former-sen-tom-daschle/

Now that red-Harry-Potter-glasses-wearing-former-Sen. Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name from consideration for head of the Department of Health and Human Services, a movement to nominate Dr. Leo Spaceman for the position is forming. Hey, “If you want a shot you’re gonna have to dance for it.” [Facebook]

Seven States Sue Over Health Worker "Conscience" Rule

Seven States Sue Over Health Worker "Conscience" Rule

Seven state attorneys general, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU have sued to overturn the so-called “conscience” rule, which allows doctors, pharmacists, and other health care workers to refuse to perform procedures or dispense medication that conflicts with their beliefs.