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In particular, it's shining attention on the medical privacy law known as HIPAA some parents say is hurting their ability to help their children deal with emotional problems.
One mother dealing with just that issue agreed to share her thoughts with Fox 17 as long as we kept her identity private.
She says her adult aged son has been dealing with emotional and behavior issues since he was in the in middle school.
Over the years she's played a role in helping him until earlier this year when a hospital cut her access to her son's medical information.
"They cut the communication right there and said we can't talk to you anymore about this because of HIPPA," said the mother. "I felt the one person that could be there for him and has always been therer for him is now out of the picture."
She says the change came because her son was angry with her and requested his medical information be kept private.
HIPAA law allows any mental health patient 16 and older to request this.
The mother believes restricting that information can be problematic for parents and she believes there needs to be an exception in HIPAA allowing parents access to information when their child is in the middle of a mental illness crisis.
"Once they get over that crisis they are just as capable and you would need to back off and pull back it would not be an overall HIPPA thing and for the rest of your life I'm gonna do this for you. It would be to be used as needed."
Charlotte Bryson with the advocacy group Tennessee Voices for Children says it's not uncommon for a parent to be shut out because of conflict with a child they're trying to help deal with mental illness.
"I think it happens quite a bit. I think it's common. I think parents struggle with it all the time because they are the one's responsible often the young adult is living in the home or close to them and they feel responsible but the also feel helpless," said Bryson.
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Pharmacist admits misbranding dialysis drugs
May 21, 2013 21:08 GMT
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Tennessee pharmacist has admitted distributing a misbranded Chinese-made drug that was given to kidney dialysis patients in Kansas.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Robert Harshbarger Jr., of Kingsport, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Topeka to one count each of distributing a misbranded drug and health care fraud.
Harshbarger admitted that from 2004 to 2009, he substituted a cheaper Chinese import for an iron sucrose drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drugs were given to patients of Kansas Dialysis Services. Prosecutors say there were no reports of harm, but patients were put at risk because the FDA could not assure the drugs' effectiveness and safety.
Harshbarger's plea deal calls for four years in prison, restitution of nearly $849,000 and a forfeiture of $425,000.
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