Healthcare provider tells parents they will be DENIED access to children’s prescription records over age 12

Atrium Health’s CarolinaCARE has informed parents that they will no longer provide information to them regarding their children’s prescriptions once they turn 12 years old.

The hospital network is based out of North Carolina but Atrium Health is a nationwide healthcare provider.

According to Your News, a letter was sent out to parents and legal guardians informing them, “Starting Nov. 1, 2023, you will no longer be able to access prescription information for children between the ages of 12-17.”

The letter explains the rationale behind this move by CarolinaCARE, “This change is to protect the privacy of your child’s prescription records. It allows minors to receive prescription medication for sensitive issues as permitted by law, without worrying about how their parents might react.”

CarolinaCARE also provides a FAQ document that tells parents that when their child turns 12, they will need to set up their own prescription account with them.

“Beginning November 1, 2023, children ages 12-17 will need to create a new account on the CarolinaCARE website in order to see or order their prescription medications. Parents will no longer be able to view or manage their child’s prescriptions. If you have a child who will turn 12 after this date, this change will automatically take place on their 12th birthday,” the FAQ notes.

“This may include treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases that must be reported to the state; pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse; and mental health,” CarolinaCARE states.

The blocking of parental access is causing concern among parents who believe they could become dangerously uninformed concerning their child’s health.

“This move to block access to prescriptions related to ‘mental health’ has led to concerns among some that parents might be purposefully kept in the dark, potentially enabling medical professionals to prescribe hormone replacement therapy, puberty blockers, and other gender transition medications to minors without parental awareness,” Your News reported.

The new policy follows North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly overriding Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes last August after they passed a law that restricted gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youth.

“CarolinaCARE has put forth an argument suggesting that due to their operation as a home delivery service catering to several states, they need to implement a uniform policy to ensure adherence to the legal frameworks of multiple states,” Your News wrote.

“Because CarolinaCARE is a home delivery pharmacy, it serves patients in multiple states with varying laws regarding access to health information, including prescriptions. This change is taking place in order to remain compliant with laws in all of the states CarolinaCARE services to ensure continued privacy of your child’s prescription records,” the hospital network asserted.

There was strong blowback on X over the policy:


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