The PharmacoEconomic Center, the Department of Defense's online prescription drug database, was hacked recently, according to the data security firm Imperva, Modern Healthcare reports.
The site was one of about 20 civilian, military and university websites that were targeted by hackers.
The DOD database is used to coordinate pharmacy benefits and perform research on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness.
Rob Rachwald -- director of security strategy at Imperva -- said researchers at the firm detected information about the breach in a hacker forum. According to Imperva, a hacker tried to offer full control of the site and access to its data for a fee (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 1/25).
According to Austin Camacho -- a spokesperson for the Military Healthy System's TRICARE Management Activity -- the website has been taken down to review possible security flaws and weaknesses.
Camacho added that the site does not contain personally identifiable information or data on patients' drug profiles.
He said he expects the site to be back up and running by the end of this week (Brewin, NextGov, 1/25).