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Wow, you present an interesting question, and it could probably go either way from a legal perspective. Having said that, I think that it was probably NOT a HIPAA violation because your mother indicated that the pharmacy did not get the prescription. Accordingly, you were acting with her implied consent (if not express consent) to fix the problem. If your mother gave you consent, then it was not a HIPAA violation. As an aside, having power of attorney would probably not be of help here, as you were acting in your capacity as an employee, and not in your capacity as your mother's attorney-in-fact when you sent the prescription.
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