HIPAA Violation To Give Medical Samples to Family?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about samples: Is this a HIPPA violation?

I worked in a busy ob/gyn office. One of our doctors often would tell patients to stop in and pick up samples, we have several in our office for different things…Anyway, a patient came in one day that hadn’t been there in years. There was nothing left for the patient. I went to ask the nurse for help and found out it was her sister! The patient never said her sister worked there…etc. Is this a HIPPA violation?

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