Widespread Cyberattack Takes Down Pharmacies across America

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by Frank Bergman, Slay News:

Pharmacies across America are suffering widespread outages after being hit with a major cyberattack, according to reports.

Nationwide pharmacies are reportedly experiencing outages due to an “outside threat.”

Change Healthcare, one of the country’s largest healthcare technology companies reported its network was hit by a cybersecurity attack on Wednesday.

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The statement indicated the disruption is expected to last at least through the day.

The Tennessee-based company reported it was facing “enterprise-wide connectivity issues that started at 5 a.m. EST.”

Systems had to be disconnected immediately, they explained.

Experts are working to address the cyber security issue, according to the company.

They noted that the issue was just impacting Change Healthcare and all other systems across UnitedHealth Group are operational.

Change Healthcare handles orders and patient payments throughout the nation.

The disruption is also impacting filing claims for a prescription, according to a pharmacy in New Bern, North Carolina.

Customers at pharmacies are being asked to pay in cash, according to WCTI, which received calls from its viewers.

The cyberattack, which was first detected on the company’s East Coast network early Wednesday morning, has caused enterprise-wide connectivity issues.

It has severely disrupted the usual operations of local pharmacies.

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