I don't usually go into political diatribes here. I find the sorts of political arguments that one gets into on the Internet tedious. But I'm making a rare exception here, because it's something I feel strongly about. I'm shaking out the ole boycott rug to protest pharmacists that refuse to fill contraception prescriptions. The idea of someone, anyone at all, mucking with my or any woman's decisions about her body and her life gets me spitting mad. As such, Target will no longer be receiving my consumer dollars until they revamp their policies since apparently, Target is A-OK with their pharmacists being righteous misogynists.
For more links and rants, check out cmpriest's information-filled post and jinzi's very eloquent letter of protest.
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I haven't experienced this appalling behavior firsthand. Thanks to the miracle of modern surgery, the chance of me and fosteronfilm conceiving is unlikely to the point of impossibility, especially when paired with all my other medical conditions which make my uterus about as hospitable as ground zero at a nuclear bomb site. Hence, I don't need BCPs. But I did take them when I was younger, and the idea of anyone withholding them from a woman makes me livid.
This website lists pharmacies and their policies based upon a survey of national chains. CVS and Eckerd got high marks, as does Costco and Kmart. Whereas Target, Walmart, and Walgreens all get the thumbs down.
Regardless of a stores policies, federal law give pharmacists the right to refuse to fill srips. They are to return the scrip to the person, then call the doctor who wrote it and inform them they need to review it with the patient.
People are making this into a Roe V. Wade thing, but its much more a health thing. Pharmacists need this right. People on here keep say, but they are not doctors! No, they are not. And in many cases they know more about medication, and how they interact than most doctors do. They need this right to refuse, for whatever reason, to help keep people safe.
Its a shame that people on the right are using it in the wrong way, but to take the option away from the pharmacists is scary.
You have a valid point here. Perhaps what is needed is a formal documentation of the process that is to be followed if a pharmacist has a valid MEDICAL reason for concern about a medication, such as reporting it to the doctor and some other health group.